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I was walking home on my lunch break, and before I got here, I encountered a homeless man who asked me for a quarter. At that moment, I did not have change, so I said sorry and continued walking.
I purchased the items I required from the store, and thought about how cold it is outside. Now I had some change, and I thought I’d go back to him and give it to him. However, I noticed that this man followed me. He stood outside the store, and watched me directly. He watched my hands as I payed, and watched to see what I received back. This made me feel threatened, and frankly, it pissed me off.
When I came out, he said “I know you have a quarter now.” I continued to walk right pass him and ignored him. You see, it was my intention to give him the change, but his demanding “gotcha” approach really irritated the hell out of me. I’m a generous, charitable person, at times even to my own detriment. However, it is a willing thing, not forced like this guy tried.
I know he will never read this, and I have no intentions of explaining this to him, but I had to get it off my chest. What do you guys think? Did I overreact to this homeless harassment? What would you have done?
Ponder that, I’m going to go back to making my lunch now!
Growing Up Bronx