Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quench It

Today I passed a homeless man standing on the same corner where I previously hit a hobo in the head with a protein bar trying to help him. This time I had no foodstuffs in my vehicle or on my person, nor did I have any money to give him (I try to avoid giving money, you see). I did, however, have several Wild Cherry Diet Pepsis. I proffered said soda from the bowels of my CRV and held two out the window to the disheveled man who help a sign proclaiming that he was hungry. He looked suspiciously at the light blue cans. "These are really good," I explained. "This is one of my favorite flavors. I'm sorry I don't have any food, but these will quench any thirst you may have, and the carbonation can be surprisingly filling." He responded, "They're warm." Perturbed, because (literal) beggars can't be choosers, I responded, "Yes they are, but what else do you have to drink?" He thought for a moment before grudgingly admitting that I was right and he had few options. He accepted the flavorful beverages, and as the light turned green and I drove away he called, "Bring Coke next time!"

All I'm saying is... if you're homeless, move to Charlotte. You can be greedy, demanding and picky. Not all of us can say the same. Lucky.

7 comments:

kels said...

i tagged you for a game! :)

Jessica Lee said...

That definitely happened to me when I tried to give a homeless person some Peanut Butter and Cheese Toastchee crackers. They told me they "preferred cream cheese with chives." I proceeded to never have food in my car again.

April said...

I think at that point they have to be a little psycho. I mean, first of all - standing on the corner begging for stuff takes a certain amount of insanity. (Look at the various other options offered...shelters, free food, etc...) So it's really no surprise that they have the nerve to be totally ignorant and rude...sorry, but it has happened to me more than once and I've sort of given up.

LuLu Lake said...

Haha! People amaze me.

THE Stephanie said...

That's it, I'm officially stuffing my car with protein bars and diet soda. I always get a little irritated, and like you, don't like to give money, but giving a protein bar is a great idea!

I'll try not to hit anyone in the head... you crack me up!!

Dugout Daisy said...

Hahaha! What else would you expect?! ;P

a.e. said...

you know, the post about the homeless man and all of the following comments strike me as just a wee bit condescending. Do you know what it is like to be homeless? Why do you assume that homelessness is an earned trait? And why not give money? If you were homeless, what you you want or need most? Someone who wants to decide what you should or shouldn't have, or something that you might be able to use to provide even a few moments worth of comfort or solace? For a bunch of professed christians, some of your comments sound decidedly un-christian to me.