I need to stop giving money to people with their sob stories on the T. I guess it was easier to resist when the economy was better. It was easy to say “well they probably should just get a job.” But I know a bunch of people with college degrees that can’t even get a job right now.
The woman on the train last night was saying her speech to the car about how she was trying to get back to New Hampshire to be with her 16 year old daughter because she was afraid she hadn’t been going to school while she was gone. She knew when the buses to New Hampshire were leaving and how much they cost which made me feel marginally confident she would buys bus ticket and not crack. What got me though was when she said:
“I’ve helped a lot of people in my life and I just don’t understand why it’s not coming back to me.”
And with that me and most of the other women on the train reached into our pockets, purses, wallets and backpacks. Handed her crumpled dollars as she made her way through the crowded car.
I have to hope she used the money for that bus ticket and got home. And that she’ll pay the karma forward.
It was kinda lame to not have my iced coffee money this morning though…