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Did I get scammed? Does it matter?

So I thought I did something nice today, but when I told BT about it, he said it was probably some scam artist. :( What do you guys think?

I was in line to check out at Walmart, which was a fucking madhouse. As I'm waiting my turn to check out, this lady came up in line behind me on her phone. I was trying not to eavesdrop, but I heard her tell the person on the phone she was "9 days cancer free" and that she took her boys to see Santa yesterday and they asked for beds so they didn't have to sleep on the floor, and she was upset because Santa said he'd make sure they got them. She said she'd found a $30 bunk bed at the thrift store, but she only had $12 in her account until the first of the month and could she borrow some money so she could get the bed. Then she mentioned something about being at walmart for milk and to buy a phone card because she was almost out of minutes if her credit card would work. She ended the call with "oh it's okay, I understand." So it sounded like they said no.

So I kinda glanced at her from the corner of my eye and she was wearing a dirty looking sweatshirt and faded jeans, but had no coat or hat with her or anything. And it was cold today.


So I reached into my purse and pulled out the last of my cash, which was $30, and handed it to her. I said I didn't mean to eavesdrop, but she should go buy the bed and tell her boys Merry Christmas. She started crying and said "thank you so much, I was so worried it would ruin their Christmas if Santa lied to them. I don't know why he said they'd get them" etc. She gave me a hug and kept saying thank you and merry christmas.

Even if she was lying to try and get people standing around her to pity her, she looked like she needed the money. She had milk and a tracphone card in her hand, so that's all she was buying. I cried when I got to the car because I just felt so bad for her. :(

If this was a scam, it's a shitty one. She'd have to bet on the people in line hearing her phone conversation and offering money. But then again, it worked this time. :/

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