Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Such a soft touch
I don't give money to panhandlers. Plain, flat and simple. I have too little to waste it on beggars. I would go off on a rant about homelessness in a nation that has the most elaborate system of social welfare the world has ever seen but it would pointless. It wouldn't persuade anyone and would only annoy the pig.
But I gave a guy on the street money just last Thursday. 31 cents. I'm disinclined to part with a penny but he asked me for 31 cents. And I had it. I was just struck by the specificity of the beg that I gave in. I don't know what he wanted it for but it seems that 31 cents was as much as he needed.

Just don't expect me to part with a penny more.

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