Sunday Poser # 100

Sadje makes her century today with her 100th Sunday Poser.
Her questions this week are:

When you see someone in misery do you avoid thinking about it or do you do something about it?

Do you give money or food to people asking you or do you ignore them as not deserving and give to charities you trust?

When you see someone in misery do you avoid thinking about it or do you do something about it?

I find it difficult to see someone upset or unhappy, but in the majority of cases, there is little I can do apart from listen if they want to talk, hold if they want human contact or  console if they want comfort. However, I will do all of these things if it helps them.

Do you give money or food to people asking you or do you ignore them as not deserving and give to charities you trust?

I will never forget the man begging in the subway who stood up and walked in the same direction as I went back to work, then got into a new Mercedes car. I do not give money as a result.
I was confronted once by gypsies demanding ‘paper’ and threatening to curse me if I did not comply. I stood my ground and told them if they did, it would be returned on them 100 fold. I have since been left alone in that respect.

However, I will give a few coins to buskers in the street, dog biscuits to beggars with dogs, and we have given a hot drink and sandwich or similar to someone down on their luck on a cold wet day. Some are on the streets through no fault of their own who are intelligent, proud, witty and interesting, but some, like Sadje says in her post, are professionals who know how to work the system and even more so, a crowd. I have no time or pennies for those.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Sunday Poser # 100

  1. Sadje says:

    Well said Di. Some people just manipulate the system and aren’t deserving at all. The man with the Mercedes, that’s an interesting story. Thanks for sharing

  2. murisopsis says:

    Have to admit, I have a hard time giving money after seeing a similar thing (begging but having nicer things than I owned). Now it is easy. I offer to buy them a sandwich and drink. The scammers decline the offer and ask for cash instead. The truly needy are more than thankful for a meal!!

  3. rugby843 says:

    I had a note shoved under my door this morning while in the shower so didn’t notice till I came out to the kitchen to make coffee. The lady in the apartment next door asking for help so I quickly dressed and went over since I had no idea what would be needed. Turns out she was fine and I stayed and talked with her for a while. The need was her trash needed to be taken out but her son came and helped her in the meantime. I will help anyone anytime if I can.

    I don’t like the people who parade their kids on a street corner asking for money. I think that’s irresponsible and exploitation. There are shelters here which of course is not ideal but a solution and lots of other helpful places here in this small city.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I used to work in the city and every morning walk past a convenience store which had a bad rap due to the owners. Every morning the two girls inside would make coffee for the homeless. I used to give them money. I knew if the bosses found out they’d get fired

    • We’ve had similar with staff handing out unsold sandwiches through the back door.

      • Nope, Not Pam says:

        Waste not, want not

      • Exactly, especially as they would only be thrown away. When I worked for the vending machine company, food was often brought back from site that was still good. pasties, sausage rolls, cakes, and filled rolls often supplemented my budget as I had a family of 4 and two dogs to feed on £8 a week.

  5. rugby843 says:

    And there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve given meals to people in Denver and even in a small town people help each other

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