As my partner and I sat on the bench waiting for the train to Salzburg to come into station this past Wednesday, a man wearing a neon light vest looking like a train station worker approached us and asked to see our tickets. I was a bit hesitant to comply, but I thought since we were in the public area and the man was wearing a staff badge (the badge was showing a name of N Porter), we should be ok. After he looked at our tickets, he returned them to us. Then he half forcibly grabbed our two luggages and told us to follow him. I tried to reach for the luggage, but he put out a hand gesture that refused to hand them over. My partner and I then followed him to platform 9 where we were joined by his other colleague, or partner-in-crime.
We tried to give the two men 2 euros and the 210 forints we have left from the trip as tips. Both refused to take our money and acted very friendly to us, as we waited for the train to arrive. After we boarded, the two men then started to act a bit hostile and said they needed to collect money from us, "only euros, and only paper money." While I was still in shock and trying to process the situation in my head, my partner took out 10 euros and handed the money to the lead guy. I then gave him the 2 euros and 210 forints I had in my hand. That was when I realized we did not owe them anything! The man kept on telling me to give him the money he needs to collect and he only take euros, and in paper. I basically shrugged my shoulders and told him that's all I had. I was not going to hand him any more money. After about half a minute of standoff, the two men left.
I was very upset over the whole thing. I blame myself for not being alert enough and my partner for handing over the money too quickly. After the men left, I went through in my head the things I would have done differently in handling the situation, but...all was too late. I just want to share this experience with those planning to visit Budapest and be aware of these "hustlers" that try to trick/intimidate you in giving them money. Please don't be stupid and too slow to react like me, and allow these mean to take advantage of you. Lessons learned: Don't ever let your hands off your luggage. Even if someone that pretends to help you, always grab it back and refuse their "service." And even if they managed to get a hold of your luggage and demand money for their luggage handling service, do not pay!