On My Soap Box Again: Beggars and Panhandling In San Angelo
Call me what you wish, but I am getting sick of being asked for money!
In the past week I have been to several different places in town running various errands. So I started at the great warehouse of everything-ness, aka Wal-Mart, as I was getting out of my truck I was approached by a man who felt compelled to tell me his life story and how he and his wife were on a road trip and they were a few dollars short of buying a couple of burgers in the McDonald's. I asked him where his wife was and he looked around and said, “Well, she was right her but I guess she left me."
I then told him that his story seems a bit shady and that if he could find his wife that I would buy them both a burger. He then looked at me with some despair and said that he appreciated it. I went inside and continued on with my shopping and upon exiting the store I see the gentleman approaching another young lady to ask her for money. She was a bit caught off guard and seemed very uncomfortable, so I approached them both and asked the man again if he had found his wife so that I could buy them a burger. The young lady made a quick exit and the man looked at me with an angry face and told me that he was only trying to get money and that I had ruined his plan. I very politely told him that lies wont get you very far in life and that if he would have been honest maybe he would have had a bit more sympathy from others.
My second interaction was just today when I was at the pharmacy picking up some medicine for my son. When I pulled into the parking lot I noticed an older gentleman that was wearing a sweat suit and crocks. I went into the store picked up the medicine and was returning to my vehicle when he approached me and presented "his" military ID and said, “Would you be interested in helping out a war veteran?"
Now don't get me wrong I am all for helping out our veterans in any way possible because they are the ones that put their lives on the line for us. I looked at his ID that he handed to me and asked him what his name was and which war he served in. He gave me a name that wasn’t even close to the name on the ID and couldn't tell me which war he served in. Upon hearing this information I looked at the picture on the ID and realized that again I had been lied to. I told him that I couldn't help him out because I felt that he was not telling the truth. He got mad and walked off!
So here is my gripe, If you need some kind of help I totally understand because we have all been in a situation where we needed a helping hand. I personally have had to have that helping hand, but DON'T LIE ABOUT IT. If you are to lazy to get a job why should I spend the money that I worked hard to earn just so you can sit in a parking lot begging for money? I'M NOT GOING TO!
What are your thoughts on this? Am I wrong? Leave a comment and let’s talk.