Merjeo by Charlie

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How do you respond to beggars who confront you and ask you for money?

beggarsWhen a beggar asks me for some money, I’ll give it to him, depending on the way he asks.

3 ways beggars will ask you for money

The first way is, he’ll just come right out and ask for the money. In this case, I just give it to him. You can always tell if he’s a drunk by the smell of liquor. If I think he’s a drunk, so what? I don’t know for sure he’s going to buy alcohol. He may be hungry.

A second way is by saying, “Hey, let me hold something.” This  sounds a little more sarcastic, but again, I don’t know for sure that he’s going to buy alcohol. He also may be hungry.

Finally, some beggars with just blurt it out. “Hey, give me some money so I can get me some whiskey.” In this case, he’s screwed. This has happened to me a three times. I said to him, “Here’s what I can do. I’ll go with you to the nearest cafe. You can order anything you want, and I’ll ask the manager to put it on my tab.” All three times, they disappeared, and I never saw them again.

Why I’m so generous to beggars

If I give a beggar some money thinking he’s going to buy food, and he buys liquor instead, I can live with that. What I can’t live with is the thought of not helping a hungry man eat.

If I give him the money to buy food and he doesn’t, he’s the one who lied. It’s his ass. I’m in the clear. I’ve done the right thing.

A final reason I’m so generous is a little far fetched, but make all the sense in the world. I’m not going to be caught with my pants down on judgement day.

The last thing I want is for the man upstairs to tell me,

“Hey Charlie, one day I asked you for some money to buy food, and you turned me down. Now, it’s my turn.”

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