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He Had No Money For Food

So yesterday after going to my circuit training as I was on my way to my boxing gym, a man approached me and asked for some money. He specifically asked for Php10 (approximately 22 cents in US dollars). He said that he was applying for a job and he had not yet eaten breakfast nor lunch. This was late in the afternoon and if I were to believe the man, he had not yet taken a meal the whole day. I don't usually give alms as a personal belief so I just shrugged and took off. What did this fool think? Did I have 'Stupid' stamped on my forehead?

Anyway, something made me stop and take a second look at the man. He wasn't dressed like he was applying for a job, rather he was dressed casually but he was clutching a plastic envelope with copies of his resume plus some credentials. This was our country's financial district and truth be told working in this area is preferred by a lot of people. Anyway, I stopped and called the man and brought him to a food truck. I told him to order the food that he wanted and that I'll pay for it. The man ordered two cups of rice and a pork viand. I had offered to buy him drinks but he politely declined and instead just asked for water. I had paid a total of Php63 (around one dollar and forty-four cents). The change that I got I gave to the man. All in all I spent Php100 (that's two dollars and twenty-nine cents) which covered the meal of the man and the change that I gave him. He thanked me profusely as he happily wolfed down his meal.

That was the best Php100 I spent yesterday.

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LadyTrouble wrote on January 18, 2015, 7:32 PM

That was very kind of you. Here in the US local news casters have done a "test" of being "homeless" to see how many people will give. They dirtied themselves up and stood on a street corner, making certain they were barely recognizable as the news team they really were. A lot of people did give money.

However, I normally do not give the homeless money. Not because they don't deserve it, but because I can't be certain that they ARE homeless, or just HOW they will spend it. This man you came across was certainly trying to get back on his feet, and having a full stomach before an interview will certainly help I think. Who knows, one day you may pass him on the street and he will be wearing respectable clothes, and be in a respectable position, he may even pay you back.

bestwriter wrote on January 18, 2015, 8:38 PM

That was a kind act. Yes Sometimes people tell lies but who would want to ask for food if they are really not poor!

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:09 PM

That was very nice of you and it is a good thing it helped him. People still need to be wary of some who ask for money because all they want it for is drugs.

allen0187 wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:28 PM

Thank you bestwriter . I think I did what anyone else in my position will do.

allen0187 wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:31 PM

LadyTrouble , I do not give money to the homeless as well for the exact same reasons you wrote. I'd rather give food, clothes, blankets, or toiletries.

If this man does get a job and is able to support himself, that is enough for me. I'm not expecting anything in return.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:47 PM

I never give money to them. That is the best way to help. If they are truly wanting the money for food they will accept.

bestwriter wrote on January 18, 2015, 11:01 PM

Begging is not something one enjoys, if one can help it emoticon :sad:

MegL wrote on January 19, 2015, 1:19 AM

Yes, very often, that is the best money you can spend, helping others.

LadyTrouble wrote on January 19, 2015, 7:58 AM

I read somewhere that if you wanted to help the homeless but wasn't sure how to make a little "package" and leave it in your car of toiletries, snacks, water, things they would actually need. Instead of giving them money.

Kat- wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:40 AM

That was very kind. So many fake it here in the US, some have even tried making a job of it. What you did is exactly what the police and city officials say to do, that way if they had ill intentions and intended to buy liquor with it, they couldn't.

UK_Writer wrote on January 26, 2015, 7:30 PM

That was nice of you. When I get "buy one, get one free" vouchers at food outlets in big towns and only want one, I get the 2nd one then go outside and give it to a beggar.