People Suck

Thursday, November 29, 2007
I try to be a nice person, really I do. But then mornings like today happen and it just makes me want to do away with just about everyone (except Tom Jones, and, of course, my bloggers). It's only 7:55 am and here's how my day's been ruined...

I left early as I had to go to the bank and deposit a cheque from the Bro for his share of the TJ tix (note: my sister in law wrote something about hairy Welshmen in the note section on the bottom...I'm sure whoever processes it will have a chuckle). The bank I use is almost right beside a Starbucks (ugghh). Since I had to buy a gift for work and most of my fellow cubicle dwellers enjoy their java, I decided to pop in and pick up a gift card.

As I'm waiting for the light at the corner to change, a man approaches and asks for change for a coffee. I didn't have any, and I prefer not to give money, so I offered to buy him a coffee as I was heading to Starbucks anyways. Great he says and follows me into the store. As we're standing in line, I let him know to just tell the clerk what it is he wants. That's when he hits me up for a cheese roll as well. Since it was only just over a dollar and I figured a little bit of something relatively nutritious (as opposed to a donut) is a good idea, so I said sure. When we get to the counter he asks for a Venti bold and the roll. I paid and we parted ways.

Walking out the door, it suddenly dawned on me that he didn't ask for a "coffee" but he specifically asked for a "VENTI" bold. He was aware of the sizes of the cups and the specific Starbucks lingo. Hmmmm. Most homeless people or those down on their luck don't usually get their caffeine fixes at fancy coffee shops. As I walked past the window towards my bus stop, I glanced in and had a good look at him. Strangely enough, he didn't look like he was in that much need of my charity. Relatively clean shaven, decent clothes. Great.

I'm more than willing to help out those who are less fortunate than I am. And yes, the $5 I spent on the coffee and a roll for this man will not really be missed. However, it's the fact that he didn't need my help as much as many others walking Edmonton's streets do and because of jackass's such as this one just add to my wariness in helping others. And that's just not right.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Although it is possible that his hard luck is only fairly recent, I can certainly understand how you felt duped. And yes, there are certainly people more in need of your help.

But think of what this does for your karma.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

What's done is done, let it go. Maybe he'll pass your genrosity on.

Red said...

Barbara may have a point about his hard luck being a recent event. Or maybe Starbucks lingo is so engrained in people's consciousness now that even those living on the edge of society are familiar with it. And perhaps the shelter loaned him a suit to go to a job interview, so he can rejoin the money-making masses...

Who knows. What's certain is that you didn't do nothing wrong, so you don't need to be hard on yourself.

Gardenia said...

I could see why you would be upset - I stop at Starbucks occassionaly and I don't know what a Venti Bold is. I guess it would describe this guy pretty well.

At any rate, I believe we receive what we give - and you gave. You will receive for your generosity and kind heart in many ways.

* (asterisk) said...

You got punk'd, baby!

But then, I wouldn't have a clue about Starbucks sizing scheme because I would never give those bastards my damn money!

(Thought I have twice, because I was over a barrel.)

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