Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Bums/Homeless People Are About To Get On My Bad Side

I'm a pretty fair person and I always strive to be. Therefore, when I see a bum/homeless person, I do not automatically assume that their life has turned to shat because they are lazy. Different circumstances afflict people everyday and truth be told, most people are a paycheck away from poverty. There are other factors that keep certain people from the clutches of the streets...like a family that can support them when times are tough. Everyone doesn't have family like that. That isn't to say your family wouldn't want to help you but sometimes they just can't.

I used to have TONS of friends whose idea of being "broke" was only being able to order from the Dollar Menu vs. the regular menu because the minute they ran out of money, they could make a phone call and have some money deposited into their bank account. Me? Not so fortunate. It seems odd to some people that I can't call my parents and simply ask for my rent money, car note, grocery money, etc. whenever I want it but that's more of a reality for some folks than not.

This is the world we live in.

So today as I am leaving my office after working for one of the most insufferable people that has ever existed in my world, I get approached by a bum/homeless person.

"Excuse me ma'am?"

"Yes"

"Do you have any money you can spare?"

"No. I don't"

"WHY EVERYBODY KEEP SAYING THAT???"

"BECAUSE WE DON'T! YOU THINK BECAUSE I GOT ON CLEAN CLOTHES, I'M WALKING OUT OF AN OFFICE BUILDING WITH A PURSE, HEADED TO A VEHICLE, AUTOMATICALLY MEANS I HAVE MONEY? IT DOESN'T. TRUTH BE TOLD, YOU PROBABLY HAVE MORE MONEY ON YOU THAN I DO. I GO TO WORK EVERYDAY JUST SO I DON'T END UP ON THE STREET AND THAT'S ABOUT IT!"

"I'm sorry ma'am"

I did go cattywhompiss on him but it frustrates me to no end that EVERY DAY I go to work, I get attacked by bums/homeless people begging me for money. If I did give them some money EVERY DAY, I might as well include them in my monthly budget of funds I spend on a regular basis. It infuriates me even more when they get an attitude like I should just want to give them my hard earned money because they have a less fortunate situation than my own. When did bums/homeless people grow balls to whoride the people they beg from? What part of the game is this and did I miss something?

I do not feel bad about holding on to my money when they ask for it because I'm trying to survive just like them. Sure, I'm one leg up on life because I have a job but after you take what I RIGHTFULLY earned through working hard, break it down, pay all my bills, and then look at what I got leftover, it's laughable.

I'm glad to say it won't be like this much longer but while it is, the bums/homeless are just going to have to deal with my attitude. No, I do not have any change to spare and that's not my problem.

5 points of view:

Milly said...

I thought this only happended on my side of town (ATlanta Ga).
The homeless people on my end feel like you owe them the spare change.

Craigjc said...

Yeah, they can get out of pocket in the ATL. I have a rule: Never give a dime in front of a business (I think it's disrespectful to shop owners). If they break this rule I don't give em nathan. If they catch me away from a business, I give what I can.

D said...

This here post had me all the way laughing! But from a West Coast view.
Very recently I was in Central LA/Compton from some days (in what would be called the ‘hood) and it is about out of control, lol. I know times are tough, that many mentally ill and fairly helpless people, for lots of reasons, are on the streets. But, wow, they hang outside of every single fast-food joint/shopping center parking lot/grocery store outlet by crews now. And please don’t even ask about the mini-marts or liquor stores! Watched one couple, working separately, hit up every single moving entity until they had enough pooled together to stagger over to the liquor store. No lie, I watched the whole thing sitting outside eating. And yes, they hit me up too. In fact both worked it on me, harder than most. I guess they figured they saw a whiteboy there, he gotta be rockin’ some change, lol! Saw one dude down in a delivery stairwell on the backside of the drive-thru that would pop up at every car window as they drove around to the pick-up window, begging for something, lol.
There is going to be a problem though, and it won’t be just the begging. There was a noticeable increase in the expectation that they Deserved something. To the point of starting to get hostile when refused. If younger and male, it was much worse. If it escalates just a bit further, it won’t be “soliciting” or “panhandling” anymore, but extortion or a mugging real quick.
Man, that’s some sad part of town …

NaturallyAlise said...

This made me think of months ago when a guy asked me and my boyfriend did we have change for him to get on the bus, and we REALLY did not have it. Just bc we were a clean nice looking couple doesn't mean we were rolling in the dough. We have bills, we have to eat, buy the soap to be so clean and nice looking... we are not a walking bank... thanks for this entry... tired of being looked at as if i am a bad person...

Emeritus said...

if a bum actually had that sign up, i would give him a dollar. haha. hey, it's just keeping it real. he never said he was hungry, just thirsty. hahhaha

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