Every time I head down to The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship I get off at the Fullerton exit in Chicago. At this exit, in particular, there is ALWAYS someone begging for money, claiming to be down on their luck. In particular this guy has been monopolizing the “begging space” for weeks now.
His sign reads “Lost my wife to cancer and my home to debts. Thanks for any help given. God bless.”
Is this guy really homeless and helpless? Between his military fatigues and his sign he might have you reaching into your pocket.
I have to say I find it disgusting. While the sign may be true, this man can walk, talk, write and has enough ambition to walk up and down the street begging- I think he could at least fill out some applications and apply himself by trying to find a job.
His sign of course DOES NOT say, “Employ me! Hard worker. Can’t find a job.. and then the rest of his pitch.”
About 3 weeks ago, I actually stopped, rolled down my window, and asked this same guy if he had access to the internet. He said he did. I then gave him my card and told him to email me. I offered, for free, to train him to build his own job or to help him find one. Of course I never heard from him.
This is what is wrong with America. Those who really need help struggle to find it because shmuck’s like this guy push people into trustless behavior.