What if he is not a bum?
Friday afternoon, returning home from office, I pulled in a gas station. The place was selling gas at 10 cents less than the next door station and was packed. I had to wait a while to get my turn.
While waiting, I watched a young person swiping a credit card through the processor on the other isle. He tried couple of times, started shaking his head, and walked away.
As I finished pumping gas and started placing the cap back on the tank, I saw the person approaching me. A young white male with heavy pink-blue tattoos on both hands, wearing a jean and a white shirt walked up to me.
He stood by my side and said, “Sir I am not a bum or something. I do not have any cash on me and need to get gas. My card is not working. That red Chevy over there is mine. I am from Indianapolis and trying to get back home. Can you help me?”
I pulled out my wallet instantly, but then hesitated for a few moments. I have been duped many times and heard many fake stories. Not again, thought for a moment.
Then I don’t know why, I thought of my daughter. She would probably be of the same age as him.
I pulled out a few singles from my wallet and handed them over to the young man.
He took the money and said, “It is a start. Thank you very much Sir. Have a great day.”
I boarded my car, and asked myself, have I been duped again? Was I wrong to give him money?
What if he was telling the truth? I sure could afford to buy him enough gas that would take him up to Indianapolis? However, I did not.
I do not know what the right action is and what is wrong, in a situation such as that.
Perhaps you do?