Haven't we all heard the saying "What the he** is spare change?" More of a question really, than a statement.
I was approached today outside my local Dunkin Donuts shop and asked for spare change. Just like that..."Do you have any spare change?" I politley declined his question with a "I'm sorry I do not." I did make eye contact, and he did not question me again.
I saw so little of him, for such a short time I could really make no judgement call as to his situation. I do know, he did not smell of booze, and his clothes, although worn, were far from shabby. I think my shoes on occasion have looked worse than his.
So, I went on my way, and after I got in the car I began to have that angel/devil syndrome that happens on each shoulder like in the cartoons. Should I of given him change? He looked nice enough, I had a few one dollar bills, I should of offered him at least a cup of coffee. Then the other side kicked in to have their say..."Get a job you bum, do I look like I am rich? You'll probabley buy booze with it." Back and forth I went with the whole scenerio running thru my head over and over again.
After the day to think about it, I still dont know how I feel about it. I needed more details you know? Why did he need the money. What was his situation. What brought him there in the first place.
I actually dislike being put in situations like that you know? Your damned if you do, damned if you dont. Was it God showing himself, and I failed the test? Where was my compassion? Or was it just some bum trying to hussle me and I made the right decision. So many questions left unanswered. Regardless, I made the choice to not give him any money, and I could not change it now.
How do others handle this type of situation , when it is looking you in the face, and no time to get any details. Are you instantly compassionate, or are you the type where you are instantly angry and suspicious toward them?
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