1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

A crisis of conscience

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by hockeybeat, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Please, all, bear with me.

    I was rushing down Broadway today, in a mad dash to catch a train to a game I'm covering. Walking in, around and past the midday crowd, moving in-and-out, spinning and accelerating like Barry Sanders. I was one of a million aggravated New Yorkers, needing to get somewhere in a hurry.

    Then a guy asked, "Can you spare some change?"

    A man. Forties. Fifties. It's irrelevant. There a gaps where teeth used to be; the few he had remaining in his mouth were yellow. It wouldn't be right to call what he wore clothes. Tatters, rags, are more fitting names for what he had on.

    The man extended an empty cup, save for some liquid in the bottom. I looked at him and he said, "Anything you can, I just want to get something to eat."

    I dug into my pocket and gave him all the spare change I had:

    A quarter.

    He thanked me profusely and I was on my way. And then, a feeling came over me. Disgust.

    Not at him, mind you. At myself.

    What, exactly, is that guy going to do with a quarter. Buy a third of a can of soda? Ooh, maybe he can get a fourth of a McDonald's Dollar Menu hamburger. He's only 74 cents away from getting something from Wendy's.

    What kind of person am I? A quarter? Is that the best I could have done? Am I really as big of a disgrace to humanity as I think I am?
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    You gave what you had. Most people didn't make the effort... stop kicking yourself.
  3. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    You're fine.
  4. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    You should kick yourself for giving him anything.
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member


    If everybody walking past him gave the guy a quarter, he'd be in pretty good shape.
  6. I thought this was going to be a thread on your next door neighbor in your apartment complex who wants to hook up but you don't want to complicate things.
  7. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Yep, he'd be able to buy that bottle of hooch or dime bag in no time.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    If he was happy, why are you upset?
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Ace, you know you're losing cred points by having Elvis in the sidesaddle, right?
  10. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    hokceybeat, you're fine.

    And I've personally never understood the idea that somehow, should a panhandler spend your money on booze, that's a bad thing.

    The dude's homeless. If he can scrounge enough money together to get fucked up, more power to him.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    As opposed to his shameless attempt to work at the P-D?
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm Terry Pluto, biatches.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page