Sunday, October 4, 2009

Can I have your money?



We were driving in downtown Pittsburgh (or Don Ton, as the natives say it), and I noticed a guy begging on the side of the road. Nothing too unusual at first glance: grubby clothes, hopeless expression, and I swear I could smell him through the rolled-up window. I watched him for a few minutes while we were waiting at the light. He held up his cardboard sign "Need money 4 food." I usually try to have some change on hand, to give to beggars like this. I know, you're probably thinking, "why? you know they are just gonna spend it on liquer and drugs." But you don't know that. What if they have a family to feed, and they can't find work, and this is the only way to pay for their childs life-saving surgery, and... IS HE TEXTING??? Our beggar had just pulled out his shiny looking cell phone, and YES he was texting! What the heck...? Did begging get a little too boring for you, buddy? Are you just checking your stock portfolio, before heading over to the Starbucks across the street for your afternoon pick-me-up? Cause standing still and holding a sign and getting PAID FOR IT must be tough work.

During Kurts Orientation at the Dental School, they warned them about the beggars in this city. "They make around $40,000 annually" Which is a good salary for a School Teacher. In some cities, specifically San Francisco, beggars make up to 6 digits!! Dang. I bet I could do that: hold a sign up for a few hours a day. If I don't brush my hair in the morning, I already look the part.

So thats the plan folks. If I don't get a job soon, you will be able to find me on the corner of Forbes and Ross. Bring change.


2 comments:

Amber said...

I think you would be a great homeless person! I like how you are finally aspiring to be something... :)

Christy said...

I have been thinking of picking up a part time job. I wonder how much homeless beggers get in downtown Saratoga Springs???? Maybe you could get Amber to drive by & throw me a couple of bucks so I can go get a pop at McDonalds.....

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