Friday, January 04, 2008

This is why you shouldn’t give them money

Today I noticed a homeless person walking out of a bottle store with a bottle of Jack Daniels. Later when I was parking outside the Gardens Centre he was my car guard. I didn't give him anything.

5 comments:

Tracy said...

Aah, that's horrible! What to do? Stop giving all the countless car guards and beggers money?

sid said...

I agree with Tracy. Just because one car guard is a drunk doesn't mean they all are. Man dad's philosophy is that if you don't give them money then the chances of them breaking into your house increases.

rich palmer said...

It's not the point that he was a drunk, but that he was buying a R200 bottle of whiskey, so probably wasn't in great need of assistance...

Tracy said...

well, after a R200 bottle of whiskey he surely would be drunk!

And if, after a day or three of begging he has R200, that's still only enough for food and a very meagre lifestyle. I wonder how much the average beggar/car gaurd makes a day anyway?
I certainly wouldn't know how to live off that, though it does make me think of char ladies who only earn between R100 & R150 a day, must catch public transport and look after kids.

Erika said...

I think if I lived on the street I would want to be drunk all the time so I don't begrudge the man his purchase of a decent bottle of whiskey.
It's better than drinking meths (which is what most resort to) to keep yourself warm at night with no roof over your head.
I hate car guards though, but I give them money anyway...except sometime when they're just plain rude.