Friday, May 12, 2006

You’re homeless …. OH REALLY?!

The other day I was going to pick up a bit to eat at one of the thousands of local chain restaurants in the area. As I pull into the parking lot I notice a guy in a wheelchair going down the parking lot. In every effort I could possibility make not to be a dick, I make sure I pass him slowly and give him ample room as not to scare him. As I pass him I notice that he is wearing a couple of clear trash bags to keep dry as it had been raining earlier in the day. I see a vacant parking space and proceed to pull into it. At this point I notice that the guy in the wheelchair has passed and come back to the area of my car. I do not see him pass by my drivers’ side rear view mirror so I assume he is behind my car. As I get out of my car to go into the restaurant I find out that my assumption was correct. Now, let me make something perfectly clear. I understand that sometimes people fall on hard times and sometimes things take a turn for the worst. I also understand that not everyone asking for money is a scam artist. That being said the guy in the wheelchair calls out to me and in a polite way tells me that he is homeless and he would like some money so he could get a hotel room to get in out of the rain. Now I have never been one known to carry a lot of cash on me, but even if I had I damn sure wasn’t giving it to this dude. Not that I am some sicko …, well okay I am but this is different, and just don’t want to help my fellow man. This dude rolls up to me and tells me that he is homeless while he is IN A FUCKING ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR!! Now I know that I may not be Steven Hawkins but I am not Forrest Gump either. But I am sure that there are not 110 volt outlets placed throughout the city. If slick is homeless how did he charge his ride? But I am proud of myself, I very politely told him that I didn’t have cash on me and went about getting my lunch. But come on, if you are going to try something like that, think it through is all I am saying.
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