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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Panhandled

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 11:33 AM

First you yell at me across the parking lot before I finished closing my car door to ask if I had any spare change. After I said no, you continued to badger me and asked if I will have change when I'm done in the store. I ignored your second question and proceeded to do my errands.

I knew as soon as I saw you sitting there when I left you wouldn't leave me alone, so I avoided eye contact. Yet you yell again asking if I now have spare change.

Now you would think this would be a one time occurrence, seeing as I have never run across you in the area before. Nope, unfortunately, a few weeks later on my way home from work at 10:30 pm I stopped at the gas station for something and what I thought was just a drunk from the bar next door flagging my car down turned out to be you again! You ran up to my car before I got out the door, and you very aggressively asked if I had spare change.

How dare you run up to me (a female) in the middle of a dark parking lot. I am fully capable of defending myself, and you're lucky you didn't get cut. I suggest you think of a new way to hassle people for their hard-earned money.

I work and go to school and can't just throw money to people who harass me. Don't get me wrong though, if your technique was different maybe I would have gave you my change. Take hints from the gentleman who sits outside a local liquor store: He sits out of the way of the entryway, he only smiles when you make eye contact, while he sits with his cup. When I splurge and treat myself to a few cold ones, I will offer my extra change to him, he says thank you and have a great day. No harassing manners, a pleasure to deal with, unlike you.
—Why won't you go away!!!

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