Weird experience today and I could use some help understanding.
Often, when I am finished at the grocery store, I will share my bounty with one of the homeless (I am assuming) folks sitting at the parking lot exit with signs saying “anything helps”, or something along those lines.
I’m even more likely to do it if there is a yummy treat in my bags; a cold bottle of lemonade or a doughnut, even a roasted chicken once.
Today I had fresh, juicy, Colorado peaches.
I was loading my groceries into my truck and I looked over at the woman with a sign and looked at the bag of peaches in my hand and thought, “Wow, I bet she’d enjoy these more than I would.”
So I walked over with the bag and as I approached her, before I even got very close, she began to shake her head and said, “Nope. No. No.”
I said, “Are you sure? They’re…”
She was adamant.
Then she softened and said, “No thank you.”
I walked away and got in my car, looking at the rejected fruit and wondered…
Did I unwittingly do something offensive?
I didn’t get a look at her entire sign but I did see the word “cash.”
I’ve never run into this before and the last thing I want to do is piss someone off because I’ve mishandled the situation.
Are people more unwilling to take food because of the pandemic?
Is it insulting to hand someone food when all they want is cash?
Does anyone have any insight?
On the way home I pulled a dead fox out of the road and tossed it to the turkey vultures…
I had to feed someone today.