Yesterday evening I met up with a few friends and watched a flick, the movie was ok and afterwards we decided to have a quick drink in a bar before
We walked out of the shopping mall/cinema complex and were attacked by little old ladies with collection tins. They were collecting for a charity that
help the elderly. I put my hand in to my pocket and pulled out all the coins I had, about $15HK (that's about $2US) and with a smile I posted them
into the box. What did I get for my troubles?
"Sap Um Man! Gum Cheep la!" Rough Translation = Only $15 that's so cheap!
Apart from wanting to blurt out in my best Jar Jar Binks "How Rude!" I was completely amused by the reaction. I do not have to give to charity, no
one does, that's why it's called charity. The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. Says my trusty
So anyway we carry on to the bar and get the beers in and have a chat with the owner and the manager. They both speak very good English and I tell
them what the old woman has said and their like.
"Yeah they say that to the locals as well, and they say things like "come on you can give more, you look rich" and stuff like that."
I'm even more shocked by this, than what was said to me!! So I ask "And you think that it's ok to talk to people in this way?"
"Oh it's all about face, if you don't give money your obviously poor"
Craziness! I live in a completely crazy place where all the people are crazy, you can insult someone on the street and it's ok, because that's the
way things are!!
Fine then!! I'm poor and I don't care what you say or think, every time I see a charity box I'm going to say "No thank you it's against my
religion!" and then when I get home I'll put another $20 in my sons money box.
I've never seen such blatant ungratefulness. From now on.
Look after your own. First and foremost!
Charity begins at home... And that's where it's staying!!