Do I really look that naive?

…or, I’d like to take the handle of that damn pan and beat some people down for their fucking nerve…

I’m used to panhandlers, yes. I encountered them every now and then back in Southeast Texas. Perhaps I should have known the number of times I’d be approached by them would increase when I moved to the big city, but I was still taken aback by it, especially lately; at the closest H-E-B, it seems I have gotten approached by someone about four times out of every five that I have been there. One incident earlier this week triggered my ire:

Panhandler: “Do you have a couple dollars?”
Me: “No.”
Panhandler:”Come on, can’t we work something out? I come to your house and do your lawn?”

Oh yes. I will give a complete stranger directions to my home! I DID in fact fall off the turnip truck yesterday! Who the hell do these assholes think they are? Yeah, I realize they may be falling on hard times, but do they think everyone they come up to has that money to spare? It’s one thing to ask, but after I say no, dammit that should be IT.  Would that I could do that again. I know exactly what I’d say.

“Don’t fucking ask me again, what the fuck is wrong with you? Don’t you fucking think I have a family to feed too?”

I know very well that Jesus said, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me,” but who’s to say that “the least of these” is anybody but my pregnant wife and three stepdaughters? I may drive a semi-new truck, but it’s NOBODY’S place to assume that I have money to give away just because of that. More and more I understand my wife’s aversion to people in general…



One Response to “Do I really look that naive?”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Sabra (
    You also bought that truck back when you made a lot more money than you do right now. Simple fact. You know my take on it. Give when you can, & don’t feel guilty when you can’t. You have enough to do right now making your own ends meet without taking responsibility for anyone else’s.
    July 29, 2010, 6:34:30 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Bob S. (
    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t remember Jesus being panhandled for money. Healing yes, money no.

    I donate to our church’s outreach which includes a food pantry, a feed the homeless ministry, a program to get families into homes, and much much more.

    I’ve tried in the past to help some of the panhandlers – offering to buy food at the store I just came from…..guess what?

    They turn me down every time — they want the money, not food, not gas in their tank, not a drink — they want cash.

    Now, feeding and clothing the poor is one thing but aiding them in their addictions is another.

    And don’t forget that the request for money can be the interview portion of a crime set up.
    July 30, 2010, 8:06:15 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    totwtytr (
    It’s probably different down your way, but here in the PRM, the homeless get plenty of free stuff from the gummint. Which means that I’m donating to them already, even if I don’t want to. Being in the business I’m in, I also know that (around here) the money that they panhandle goes to booze or drugs, not “supporting their family”. That’s one of the BS stories I hear all the time. Heartless? Maybe.
    August 5, 2010, 4:26:35 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Boomer Lad (
    Never seen a panhandler around where I live, but they are probably coming with the expansion in this direction until I say “SCREW IT” and move some place remote again when this place isn’t…

    I saw a drunk I knew, because he used to work for a friend of mine, before he drank himself out of a job last month and he asked if I could spare a dollar and I went inside and bought him a 40 and said “good luck”. Because that’s what he was going to do anyway.

    Don’t know if that was the correct thing to do, but it cheered him up for a bit and it’s not like he wasn’t going to end up there anyway…

    Is that overly cynical?
    August 5, 2010, 10:51:38 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Mongol (
    If someone trys to panhandle me for “Food Money”, I like to offer them $1 for every pack of cigarettes on them and $3 for their MP3 player. I figure that if they are truely hungry, they will jump at the chance. I plan on letting them keep their stuff if they agree to the deal, but I haven’t had anybody say yes yet.
    August 22, 2010, 8:16:47 AM CDT

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