I was going to title this post, “Bums and Kids” but it sounded too child pornographyish.
Two kids just rang my doorbell looking for donations for their elementary school. I told them I didn’t have a job. Why did I have to be that honest? I just can’t help myself. I felt a little bad rejecting a couple prepubescent girls but they are the equivalent to panhandlers except with parents. At least offer me a box of overpriced chocolates.
There’s an East Indian guy around my age who hangs out at the McDonald’s by here looking for spare change. I’m pretty sure he has a home so this McDonald’s gig is like his day job. I haven’t given him any money yet either.
At that same strip mall I have to constantly give the finger to the Girl Scouts, Air Cadets and Girls Softball League. Why? So you can have fun?
I used to have my own bum in my old area. His name was Al and he lived behind a retail outlet by the railroad tracks. We frequented the same businesses in the area…McDonald’s, supermarket, liquor store, gas station. The first time I met him he tried to pull a fast one on me. I gave him $1 and he asked for a couple more for bus fare to get to where he needed to go. I didn’t think the bus was equipped with shopping cart accessibility. Al was an old guy who looked for empty bottles all day so I didn’t mind giving him a couple bucks.
When I had a job I was always in uniform which made me a prime target for panhandlers. Nothing says ‘job’ like a uniform and company vehicle with a corporate logo. A common strategy for panhandlers is to sell you a line because just asking for spare change doesn’t tug on any heartstrings.
Some ask for money for food but when you offer to buy them food they refuse or look very disappointed. Must be some well-fed bums out there or they’re so used to not eating that they don’t even have to eat anymore.
I’ve had 2 separate old Chinese guys ask me for money, panicking about locking their keys in their car and having no cell phone. They tricked me both times.
If homeless people had more energy and means they would advocate for the political incorrectness of the term ‘bum.’