Friday, April 10, 2009

No, sorry.

The spawn and I were at Walmart last night, grocery shopping. I was wearing thrift-store jeans, an old T-shirt, 11 dollar shoes, and a 5 dollar watch. So why the fuck did some guy come up to me and ask me for change IN THE STORE, supposedly for gas?
Do I really look that prosperous? Was I wearing any kind of serious bling? No. I wasn't even wearing make-up. And I was so tired I looked like a permanent resident of Hagsville.
So I looked at him incredulously, told him, "Sorry, I'm a struggling single mom," (My standard reply in situations like this), and went on my merry way.
Sometimes I think I'm too polite. But it's safer that way.

9 comments:

Blondefabulous said...

It;s like I have food stamps and such, but someone is asking for a hand out in the parking lot. I tell them I donate to such and such church, go to there and sign up for the outreach .

Buckskins Rule said...

"...permanent resident of Hagsville".

Okay, that made laugh...a lot. Even though I am dead certain that it is an exaggeration.

Christina LMT said...

Brilliant, Blondie! I like your style.

Buckskins, maybe just a little. I have a bad habit of indulging in hyperbole on occasion...;)

Buck said...

Some people's chutzpah is simply AMAZING. Sheesh...

Christina LMT said...

Buck, you're telling me!

Carteach0 said...

I have no problem with a simple 'No'. Of course, it helps to be big, ugly, and mean looking.

When I'm feeling nice (HA!) I just laugh and tell them I'm a teacher. Most people understand that means I'm broke.

Truth be told... there are a few times when I will cough up some cash... but not for a panhandler. Let it be a kid raising money for something, or gathering canned goods... and I go soft.

Christina LMT said...

Ugly? Surely you jest!
I have been known to give money to panhandlers, but I really don't like the ones that come up to your car, they make me nervous.

Christina LMT said...

Oh, and Carteach, it's a sad state of affairs when teachers are so poorly paid. No respect. I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Be safe, it's better.
Those types usually don't ask me for money.

Dick