Thursday, January 16, 2014

This morning when I was walking from the bus stop to my office, a guy asked me if I could spare a couple bucks so he could go and buy a coffee and some food. "Nope, I can't," I replied, "but we can walk over there together and I'll buy you some coffee and something to eat."

He accepted my offer, so we started walking over there together. Along the way, he asked me a couple times if I could just give him $5. I told him I don't like to carry cash, but I'd buy him some coffee and food.

As we walked up the street, a car parked next to us. I think it was a guy going to work at a nearby construction site. My companion stopped.

"Are you coming?" I asked.

"Maybe this guy can give me some money," he replied.

"C'mon, I'll buy you some coffee," I urged. But he wasn't willing to come with me.

"All right, I'm going to work then," I said. And I turned and left.

I guess he wasn't hungry after all.


Scott said...

I always do the same thing. First off, I carry very little cash with. When asked for money to buy food I always offer to take them to get food at a nearby restaurant. Usually they respond that they don't have the time or want to go somewhere "closer to where they live."

Only once did someone take me up on my offer. They were in the parking lot of Zaxby's in Albany, GA. However he refused to go inside with me, he preferred his food "to go." So not having stated stated that you must eat with me, I kept my end of the deal-- I took his specific order and went inside to order it.

When I went outside to give him the food, I couldn't find him! I finally spotted him hitting up people for contributions as they filled their cars at the nearby gas station!

When I walked up and gave him the food he had trouble remembering who I was, but when I handed him the food he seemed to remember and then quickly disappeared behind the gas station.

true story!

clumsy ox said...

The most interesting thing to me about your story is that the guy gave you a specific order. I'm not sure how well I know restaurant menus.