posted on Apr, 9 2011 @ 12:02 AM
Being a cab driver, I cant help but notice a bit of the underworld while driving around town.
For this particular post I will be referring to the guy that stands on the corner with his homeless and hungry sign.
We have all seen them. Some of us donate, some of us look the other way. Some of us are grateful that isn't us, perhaps even a few of us smug about
Anyhow, the long and short of this post is the fact that I do see these people every day, same place, same sign.
So, today I decided I wanted to work on my yard, get it ready for spring which has finally decided to arrive. I realized being somewhat hampered, I
needed some help. Usually I have some kids around, but today I didnt. So, I thought I'll go see if one of those hungry folks would like to make some
money helping me. You know, try and give back to the community, yada yada.....
Of I go in search, too the corners I know. Murphy's law, they weren't around until my last choice. After parking and walking a ways to talk to this
fella, this is pretty much how the conversation went...
me: "Want to make $20.00 bucks?
him: Doing what?
me: raking leaves
him: How many?
me: $20.00 bucks worth
him: I can make $20.00 bucks standing here in a hour
him: How big is the yard?
him: I don't have to bag them or anything just rake?
me: Yes you have to bag them
him: No Thanks
Now I have to be honest and admit I was wondering what the heck is wrong with is guy? Im offering a honest way to make a few bucks, because after all,
he is hungry, ( though Im trying to figure that out too, as he can make $20.00 a hour standing on corner, even if he only did it 4 hours, which makes
$80.00. Which if he did 4 days a week, would be $320.00.) How can someone be hungry with that kind of money?
I guess I wouldn't leave my post either. If I put a 40 hour week in doing that I would have $800.00.
Enough on that point, the thing is there were two other guys working the other corners. So I presented the same thing. Long story short, one had a
gimp knee,the other one, a bad shoulder. Okay, if you say so, I'll believe.
I will say, I can imagine there may have been a trust factor. I mean I did just walk up out of the clear blue. I could have had my own trust factors
being a woman and picking up a stranger as well. I decided to try and get past that. Stupid? Maybe... but I have my senses.
I guess I am posting this because I was shocked in a odd way . I'm not even sure what shocked me more. The fact someone is claiming to be hungry, but
wont do some honest work to make a few bucks, Or, The fact this same person makes more then I do standing on a corner.
Can someone tell me what is wrong with this picture?