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Pssst. Wanna Buy a Suit?

By Seabee
I'm sure it must be a scam, although I don't know exactly what it is because I always cut it short.
Walking in Dubai Marina I've been stopped now about ten times by a car pulling up alongside.
"Scusi. Can you please tell me the way to Sheikh Zayed Road, there are no signs"
The passenger is always Italian, presentable, friendly.
I tell him how to get to SZR.
Profuse thanks, then "Where are you from?"
"Ah, Australia. Melbourne or Sydney? I have a brother in Melbourne".
When I say Sydney they usually ask whether I know Machiavalli restaurant - one of my favourites as it happens.
They go on to say they've been working in Oz, more often than not as interior designer at the Versace hotel on the Gold Coast. But...they've changed occupations and now are in Italian fashion and can make me an offer which presumably is too good not to accept.
That's when I tell them I'm not buying and say ciao.
I wonder how the scam plays out. Anyone know?

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