Man, this says it all, doesn’t it?

Commenter Mongol, in the comments to this post:

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.

Dude, that is brilliant! I had never thought of that, though I’m sure if you raised the asking price for the smokes there might be more takers. Many times when I go to the store I look to see how much a pack of smokes costs and I am just amazed — and quite glad that I do not smoke. There’s no way I could drop $20 a day on a cigarette habit. I am also not surprised there have been no takers, considering the fact that the panhandlers obviously have their spending priorities messed up; for the price of a pack of cigs, you could buy yourself a pretty fair meal at pretty much any fast-food restaurant in the land.


One Response to “Man, this says it all, doesn’t it?”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Sabra (
    We should print up little cards with the name & location of CAM, the Little Church of La Villita, the local Catholic charity office, etc.–you know, all the places that give out food–and you can hand those out the next time someone bugs you. I know when I was going through the crap in ’07 after Asshole left me, I never once thought of asking anyone for money when I needed food…I went to where they would give me food.
    August 22, 2010, 11:14:47 PM CDT

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