It's true. And I'll tell you why...
We don't see a lot of homeless people around here, at least not many who advertise being residentially challenged. A while back (sometime in the past 2 years), there was a man standing on a corner with a sign saying he was homeless, cold, and hungry. The truck a few cars ahead of me pulled over, the farmer got out, and gave the homeless guy the coat off his back. Feeling inspired, I decided to offer my chicken burrito, that I had just gotten from the Taco Bell drive thru, to the homeless guy.
I pull over, roll down my window and tell the guy that I have a fresh chicken burrito, if he wants it. It's not much, but it's hot (it was late fall/early winter). Dude says to me, "No, thanks." WHAT?! You're homeless, cold, and hungry, but are passing up a hot meal-ish. Apparently, this guy used to work at a chicken farm, and no longer eats chicken. My thought? Dude can't be too hungry, and probably isn't even homeless.
Today, I saw an older homeless guy. His sign said he was a senior citizen, had no home, no food. Anything would be appreciated, even a kind word. Ignoring him was not an option. The Taco Bell was just a few hundred feet away, and I was going to stop there to grab some lunch, anyway. I ordered my chicken burrito, hot sauce, and Mt. Dew, then added on an ice water. I was given my food, then asked to speak to the manager. I gave the manager a $5 bill, described the homeless guy, and told the manager that I wanted to buy the guy a meal if he wanted one. When I went back by the homeless guy, I gave him the ice water, and told him that Taco Bell had a meal for him, if he wanted one. When I saw him in my rear-view mirror, he was headed into the fast food joint with his knapsack slung over his shoulder, and his sign tucked under his arm.
There was one time that I really wish I had had some extra cash on me. There was a larger guy, sitting on a cooler or something, holding his sign. It said something about him being a Vietnam Vet, being fat and lazy, and while food was appreciated, he could really use some cash to buy a drink! I thought his honesty should be worth a couple of bucks, at least!
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