April 6, 2012
Look, let me start off by saying that I realise that vagrants and the homeless have been dealt a shitty hand in life, I really do. I can’t even begin to imagine the hardships they must face on a daily basis, all in an effort to simply survive.
Having said that, I just… I just wish they would pay a little more attention to the people who give them money, that’s all.
I regularly hand out a R5 and a kind word to a couple of homeless guys around the Gardens area. On the one or two occasions I don’t have spare change though, I am treated as if I have slept with their mothers, girlfriends and sisters and given them all STDs.
Just the other day, I gave a guy some change at the traffic lights. As I drove off I realised I went the wrong way and so had to double back, ending up at the same pair of traffic lights. The same guy from 2 minutes earlier came up to me and asked me for change, and when I shook my head in puzzlement, he shook his head right back at me. Kind of like a disappointed father who has just received a mediocre school report from his kid.
It made me feel really shitty and I nearly jumped out of my car to explain to him that I had actually given him some change not 5 minutes earlier.
But then the traffic lights changed, and so obviously I had to go.
But yeah, vagrants with bad memories hey.
Oakes signing off.
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