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Columbus police say they are questioning whether a robbery reported about 9 p.m. Friday night really was a robbery or just some kind of “exchange” gone awry.

The call went out as a robbery near the Sears store and Quality Inn on Highway 45 North. But according to a police report read by Assistant Chief Fred Shelton, a woman approached an employee of the motel and asked if “he smoked weed.” She then asked for money and he gave her 35 cents. She then asked his sexual orientation. When he replied about a friend of his, the friend walked with the woman to a silver Honda parked nearby at the Sears parking lot.

The man in the car asked for money and the man gave him $40 and they left, according to the report read by Shelton.

The report does not make any mention of a gun or other weapon and man who gave up the $40 apparently waited 10 minutes to call police, according to the police report.