|Crying girl first appeared on campus wiki Daviswiki in March 2010, when students described a girl who would approach them with tears streaming from her eyes, weeping that she had either had a fight with her boyfriend or lost her mother. She'd then ask for $40 for a train ticket, "give or take a few dollars to lend legitimacy." Dozens of Davis-dwellers testified to the scam, leading bloggers and local media to crowdsource a manhunt on the mysterious girl. Jill Johnson was eventually outed; and provided links to her MySpace and now-pseudonymous Facebook profiles. (The latter of which shows her posing with beauty pageant trophies.) Internet users documented crying girl's friends, ruses, favorite locations for scamming, getaway vehicles, a license plate number, and swapped digital pictures.|
You know, that's just tacky. Pretty young women don't have to make up phony sob stories to get money out of people.
Twenty years ago, when I was a pert-breasted young bikini babe living at the beach, my friends and I could usually get plenty of money without lying. A couple of us would walk up to guys, smile and say "Hi! We're throwing a party and we need money for a keg, can you spare a few bucks?" We usually would end up with $50-$60 in less than half an hour.
Of course, we didn't do this except on special occasions, because it would have stopped working if we did it on a regular basis, but at least we were telling the truth.