I do not appreciate beggars. If they can beg, they are able to perform a service and receive honest compensation.
Yesterday, The Pony and I had to run in The Devil's Playground for some Puffs with Aloe. My right nostril has changed his name to Snot Faucet. Entering The Devil's Playground has become complicated of late. No longer can you simply stroll inside, perhaps through the entrance door, perhaps through the exit. I, myself, can read and tell the difference. Approximately 80% of customers can not. Or else they have oppositional-defiance disorder. But that is not what makes entry so challenging.
A woman and some seven- or eight-year-old girls had set up a table. I do not recall what "charity" they were begging for. I walked on by. I did not even bother to explain that I only carry plastic. Plus a couple of dollar bills in case The Pony wants to play the grabber machine. I do not feel like I must justify myself. If I wanted to donate to charity, or a softball team, or a dance troupe, I would purchase their overpriced fundraiser items. Or I would write out a check for tax deduction purposes. I will not toss cash into a coffee can.
Kids should not be placed in a begging position. They're kids. They need to be home playing Barbies or shaving off the dog's fur. Don't make those kids run up to people and ask for money. It is demeaning.
After doing our business with The Devil, we headed to the movies. The Pony wanted to see Rio. At a four-way stop, more beggars appeared. This time, they were young men. In slacks, shirts, and ties. I may be off base here, but I'm thinking Mormons. I can't be sure, because they wore colored shirts, not white, and there was nary a bicycle in sight. These dudes didn't have the first clue on how to collect money at a four-way stop. They could take a lesson from the volunteer firemen with their big rubber beggar boots.
These tied beggars stood on the shoulder of the road. Not on the center line. Everybody knows that to achieve maximum beggage, you need one person on the center line of each of the four feeder roads at the four-way stop. That way, when drivers have to stop at the stop sign, a beggar is right in the driver's face, motioning to roll down the window, pointing at the boot. Nobody feels guilty about a dude on the shoulder. He's on the passenger side, for cryin' out loud. Just ignore him. And be cautious. Most women have their purses sitting on the passenger seat, or the console area. I'm so sure we're going to roll down that window and let a snatcher at our valuables.
Maybe the tied guys were not Mormons. Maybe they were just dudes in ties, out to make some quick cash. But if they were Mormons, they need to go back to the house calls on bike-back. Come to think of it, I don't remember any drop-in Mormons asking for money. They just wanted to spread their word, polite as could be. You really can't fault them for that. Just say you're not interested and watch them pedal away.
Too many people are wanting a piece of my pie. For free. Get out there and pick up trash in front of somebody's house, or walk their dog, or wash their car. Stop expecting something for nothing.