Sunday, October 01, 2006
How many times have you seen someone holding up a sign like this,"Will Work for Food?"
Well I have seen this so much that it has become normal for me to drop a dollar or two in their container. One of the main reasons that I did this was because my mother had taught us that we should help people because it could be that we ended up in a bad situation and we would want someone to help us. The other reason was this, we don't know if it is an angel testing us to see if we have the spirit of love and giving. Mom always thought that it could even be Jesus in human form who we were turning our backs on. She always told us that God wanted us to help even the smallest of his children. We often heard the phrase, "to whom much is given, much is expected". So if I saw someone in need I would drop whatever I could in their money collector to help.
That is until I saw this beggar. He came into the building that I work in, which is inside a bank building. He leaned his sign up against the building and pulled his dirty hat off and walked in. The tellers' greeted him by name and he took out his bank and check book and deposited his money. Then he walked out the bank, put his dirty hat on and covered his head with a hood, picked up his signed and walked around the block from our office and started to beg again.
For some reason that pissed me off! I know hard working people who don't have a checking account but here was a person who opted to beg and he walked into a bank like a corporate executive, greeted the folks, smiled and chatted and deposited his hard earned money. Yet on the corner begging he wore a different face. He looked sad, dejected and in need.
How am I supposed to want to help folks who are really in need, when we have folks using this as a scheme? A lady was holding a sign that read, "I lost my job and I am losing my house." Folks were dropping money in her can but I passed right by her. I can't be like that, its' not in my character. But I knew that guy was not in need. You should have seen him with his pretty blue eyes; he even had clean clothes under his dirty clothes.
When I first saw him, I ran and got my secretary and two of my workers. The next day my secretary saw him on another corner and he stared at her. I heard about people like this who are making a great living pretending to be down and out but that was the first time I actually saw the person switch their roles. I can't let this affect how I help those who are in need. I am sure that karma will be hard for him to take for what he is doing.