Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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I Guess It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

If you live in a big city and do much walking, you will probably encounter people on the street asking for handouts on a regular basis. That’s certainly the case here in Chicago. I took a long walk after work tonight, strolling from the heart of the Loop all the way up to Clark and Fullerton (whew!) and I was asked for a couple of donations. One of them, though, really stood out.

I was walking through the North Loop area, which is home to innumerable fancy bars and restaurants. I was approaching some establishment that had people spilling out onto the street in a semi-block party atmosphere. The person soliciting donations was strategically poised a few dozen yards away from the main crowd. As I passed near, he called out to me.

“Hey bro, spot me twenty?” When I failed to look up or break my stride, he went to Plan B: “That’s okay man – ten bucks will do it!”

Hey, I can’t walk in his shoes. I don’t know what his story is. But I’ll say this for him – he hasn’t lost his optimism!

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