February 11, 2005
"tell me off... $2"
The homeless guy who sleeps in the stairwell landing at the subway stop I come out of near work has a sign:
Tell Me Off
I can't help but wonder if anyone takes him up on the offer. I mean, yes, New Yorkers like to tell people off, but I don't think they're willing to pay for it. And anyone who wants to give him $2 is likely too kind-hearted to tell him off. Maybe it gives some people a chuckle and opens their wallets, but it just makes me sad.
(No, I haven't given him anything. I'm not against panhandling on principal, as I once was, but I have yet to figure out what kind of system I should use for deciding when/how much to give. And I'm loathe to do it arbitrarily. In general, I prefer to donate to charities that help the indigent.)
Posted by ljh at February 11, 2005 01:13 PM