reply to post by InfaRedMan
Nice story! Thank you for sharing it!
Allow me to share one of own now.
I work at night, and where I work, smoking is banned on the property, so I leave in my car to go off property during my break and have a couple
I go to this same place, different times, and take my break. A 24 hour drive thru fast food chain. There is a big named gas station right next door.
I have been approached innumerable times by people coming from the gas station, all with the same story, "I need gas money to get home, can you
I do not carry cash with me, so I have to turn them down. Usually, they ask for a smoke, which I give them, and they walk away, usually without
saying, "Thank you".
One night, a pretty blonde with her hair all fixed, wearing a fur, driving a brand new red sports car came the wrong way into the fast food parking
lot to ask me for money. She said, "I don't have enough money to make it home, I am about to run out of gas. Can you spare 10 or 20 dollars?"
I explained I do not carry money, and I am just on break. She drives off, goes through the gas station again, then leaves.
After a few minutes, she returns, asking every single person at the pumps for money. She leaves. After a few minutes, she returns, asking all the new
people at the pumps, again, for money. She sure was about to run out of gas, eh?
Now, I know your guy and this girl aren't the same, but I hope that it can underline the point that you pays your money and takes your choice when you
decide to help people. I don't know what this girl needed money for, but it was not gasoline, and I imagine if I had sat there for several more hours,
she would have repeated the pattern until she had how much she envisioned she needed.
On the other hand, I know someone who's house burned down. I gave them clothes and food and donated my work hours to help. Took them a year to get
back into their rebuilt home.
I do not feel guilty for not helping beggars, because most of the time, they make more money than I do. When I see someone really in need, I won't
hesitate to help, but no, I won't even flip them coin.
Edit to add: I guess what I am trying to say is community, and not government, should really be where charity begins.
edit on 17-2-2011 by Libertygal because: added some text