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No Good Deed Goes Uninsulted!

I was pulling out of a parking lot when an old rummy walked up waving his arms for me to roll down my window. Since I didn't think I was about to be carjacked, I rolled it down a smidge and listened while he breathlessly gasped out a story about ran out of gas and needs ten dollars. Since I wasn't born yesterday I know this is just his weird story and I'm sure he hasn't run out of gas, at least not today. However I'm probably a hell of a lot better off than him, and I have some change in my cupholder. So I say, "I'll give you all my change," and hand it to him, about 50 cents, and say, "I hope this helps."

(Here's the funny part)

He ROLLS HIS EYES, and says, "Well, it's a start!"

Dude...I literally gave him ALL my money other than the twelve cents that stuck to the bottom, and he rolled his eyes at me. HAHAHA!

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indirect
Apr. 7th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
There was someone with a sign at an intersection along the lines of "Hungry, no food, anything helps." Well, we had bought some cereal at the store shortly before that and I rolled my window down and offered him a box. He told me no. 8| Last time I offered anyone anything. Apparently 'anything' means 'money' and that means 'not just your spare change'.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 8th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
Begging with a box of cereal beside him would have seriously cramped his style!
Denise Dernorsek
Apr. 7th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Amazing, isn't it?
Yeah, I love it when beggars get incensed when you don't give them what they're asking for. There was a woman several years ago who stood at the entrance to a local shopping center all winter holding a sign begging for money for food. But she wouldn't take food from anyone. There was an article in the paper several months later reporting that she was a fraud and had collected something like $5000. before she was found out. And then people reprimand you for being jaded.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 8th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing, isn't it?
I keep circling back to the idea that I'm so appreciative that I wouldn't stand out there and beg for money, I'd earn it somehow, or barter, or something. That seemed to be the worst part to me, a person considering it acceptable to attempt to run transparent cons for money.
thrace_adams
Apr. 8th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
I've never had that blatant of a red flag, but there have been several times where I've given someone money and something about their attitude was off, made me think I'd just been had. So yeah, it's no wonder we're jaded and why I walk by most people. It makes me feel bad, but then I think I can donate in more useful ways like clothes and money to organizations I trust to actually use my money or goods to benefit the people that need it. *sigh*

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jordan_c_price
Apr. 8th, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
It does a weird number on guilt, doesn't it, to turn away from someone in need even if you're pretty sure they're just operating from a different concept of right livelihood. I was in a pretty good headspace so I thought, "Yay, have my change!" Heh.
thrace_adams
Apr. 8th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
It really does, because I feel guilty when I pass someone by /o\ At least you did something. You know?
tameiki
Apr. 8th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
There's a woman who stands on the corner near the grocery store where I shop. She holds a sign that said, "Hungry. Will work for money to buy food." So I offered her a job helping me pack things and do light cleaning for $10 an hour plus lunch. Know what she said? "No, that's okay. I make more than that standing here." *head desk*
jordan_c_price
Apr. 8th, 2014 12:38 pm (UTC)
HAHA, at least she's honest! Or should I say, "honest"!

"Will stand here for money" doesn't have quite the same ring.
tameiki
Apr. 8th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that happened. Now I don't feel any guilt just passing her by.
idamus
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:44 am (UTC)
I never give them money, but I have occationally offered food, if they don't accept then they're probably not in any kind of distress
jordan_c_price
Apr. 8th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't encountered a panhandler in a while, at least not one who flagged me down as I was driving. Usually when people do the "roll down your window" thing they just want directions.
treva2007
Apr. 8th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Could be worse. My DH gave some money and the guy told him he could do better.
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