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Almost got scammed at Metro - do you know this one?

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During my last trip to Paris I got off the Thalys at Garre du Noord. I headed down to the Metro area and was looking to buy Metro tickets to an address I had for my meeting.
I was standing and looking at the big map and a guy approached me in English and asked - "where do you need to go?" - I told him the address and be said No problem follow me. So he goes to the ticket machine which was rather far from where we are standing and starts to operate the machine extremely fast (rolling the roller, clicking the buttons lightning fast).
Then the machine shows €24 on the screen which I found very weird since I knew that a one way ticket is about €1.6 so I ask the guy why such a high price and he replies "because you are driving to a special district and its more expensive".
At that moments my internal alarm bells started ringing and I simply walked away. I looked at what the guy was doing and he did the same as with me and was trying his luck with another foreigner.

So this is the story...
Does anybody know this scam?
What would be have gained had I gone through with the scam ?
Would he swap the high price "fully loaded" ticket with an empty one? Would he run away with the ticket I bought ?
I'm not sure what the main punch line of the scam is...

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