Wednesday, January 31, 2007

First World Mendicants

They are usually found to frequent the various bus shelters of Chicago and its suburbs. At first sight they would appear to be just another passenger. But then, sighting a ‘third world’ resident, they casually walk up to you. And ask you for money to ride on the bus. And any bus mind you! Doesn’t matter where it’s going! And if you refuse, some give you a blood-chilling glare while others shower you with the latest version of expletives.
We foreign students happen to be among the lower economic strata of society here. But still we seem to be the target of these ‘requests’ for financial assistance. And why on earth should I hand over my hard earned money to some guy who is living off social security, and wearing a $100 suit at that!


Blogger yogsma said...

Hey Shameek..good to see you on blogosphere. I think this situation is everywhere in US.

2/03/2007 10:15 am  
Blogger EQUINOX said...

@yogsma: I guess it is. Can be quite a pain at times.

2/05/2007 11:04 am  

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