Questioning character

Since my recent post about the guy begging in the tube station stairwell I have seen him many more times. Somehow I think he looks more haggard nowadays, I wonder how hard life is for him.. Today I gave him ten pence on my way out of the station, he thanked me but didn’t lift his head high enough to catch my eye as he did. There was only a single penny in his battered cup before my contribution.

Two steps further on I thought, “does that make me a nice person, or a fucking skinflint?”

It’s easy to take my relative life of luxury for granted. We all have a lot to lose.

2 thoughts on “Questioning character

  1. Omar

    Hmmmm, without being overly cynical the fact that was only a single penny means nothing. Are you more likely to give him money, if there’s a)a single penny in the cup or b) a cup full of 10p and 20p coins?

    It’s difficult one, perhaps you could set up a DD to one of countless homeless charities trying to help? Or give him a fiver once a month? Would that help?

    Ps. Recent?! Come on! Hope tings is good wid u?

  2. jon Post author

    I was committed to giving him money regardless of how much was in the cup! But I’m not sure I’m enough of a caring soul to give my $$$ to a homeless charity and, if he weren’t there, I doubt that I would feel particularly guilty to be honest ;x though maybe I would… not sure. I guess I’m predisposed to viewing homeless people as an inconvenience, which makes me feel pretty bad, but I’d wager that’s a common view. Sometimes the truth hurts :/

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