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Old 10-02-2022, 02:34 PM   #81391 (permalink)
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You ever seen someone struggling to make up a small amount of cash to cover their bill and dug in your pocket to help them? We do that kind of thing over here.
no but I've seen a drunk pay for a $0.99 can of malt liquor (steel reserve 211) with all pennies, and when he got to the 99th one I gave him a standing ovation
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Old 10-02-2022, 02:57 PM   #81392 (permalink)
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I'd have started crying and hugged him.
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There is only one bright spot and that is the growing habit of disgruntled men of dynamiting factories and power-stations; I hope that, encouraged now as ‘patriotism’, may remain a habit! But it won’t do any good, if it is not universal.
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Old 10-02-2022, 03:09 PM   #81393 (permalink)
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Nah, I've seen people - usually old ladies - at the checkout going "Oh I thought it was X and it's Y. What will I do? I havent enough." And I usually go up and say how much do you need? If it's a few euro I'll just pay it for them. What the ****? What difference is two or three euro gonna make to my pocket? But it could save her some embarrassment. Why not?
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Old 10-02-2022, 03:20 PM   #81394 (permalink)
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I'll bet when TH walks up to the corner store all the bums start fist fighting each to see who gets to beg you for change.
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Old 10-02-2022, 03:35 PM   #81395 (permalink)
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Around here the common beggar comes in the form of people who pretend to need money for gas. They usually approach you in the Walmart parking lot. What kinda dumb back story. One dude was had his wife in the car with him and was like offering me his wedding band if I gave him some cash. That was a strange one.
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Old 10-02-2022, 03:42 PM   #81396 (permalink)
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Shoulda asked for his wife.
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Old 10-02-2022, 05:21 PM   #81397 (permalink)
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The most usual way of begging here is for people to come up to your car when it's at a stop light. What's unlucky for this type of begging is just how difficult it is to get a coin out of your pocket when you're sitting down with a seatbelt on. TBH, I almost never try any longer.
As for shops, many chain stores have a "rounding up" scheme, connected to a charity organisation. If the total is $19.50, you hand over $20 and they ask if you want to donate the 50c to charity - it's usually something about orphans, with a photo by the till to prove it's legit. You say "Yes," or risk looking like the meanest person in the world. At the end of the day all those excess cents are credited to the charity I presume.
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Old 10-02-2022, 07:56 PM   #81398 (permalink)
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I'll bet when TH walks up to the corner store all the bums start fist fighting each to see who gets to beg you for change.
No, I stay away from beggars. I had a weird one though, approached me as I waited for a taxi (so I couldn't walk off, had the trolley) and wanted a tenner for a bunch of change. I mean, isn't it usually the other way around? He showed me all the coins in his hand. I didn't have a tenner, but even if I did, I want to get rid of change, not add to it. I want to be sure that if someone ever throws me in the river I have some chance at least of being able to float!
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Around here the common beggar comes in the form of people who pretend to need money for gas. They usually approach you in the Walmart parking lot. What kinda dumb back story. One dude was had his wife in the car with him and was like offering me his wedding band if I gave him some cash. That was a strange one.
It sure was. How did he fit the whole band into the car? You should have haggled - five dollars for the trumpet player, throw in the guy with the bass...
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The most usual way of begging here is for people to come up to your car when it's at a stop light. What's unlucky for this type of begging is just how difficult it is to get a coin out of your pocket when you're sitting down with a seatbelt on. TBH, I almost never try any longer.
As for shops, many chain stores have a "rounding up" scheme, connected to a charity organisation. If the total is $19.50, you hand over $20 and they ask if you want to donate the 50c to charity - it's usually something about orphans, with a photo by the till to prove it's legit. You say "Yes," or risk looking like the meanest person in the world. At the end of the day all those excess cents are credited to the charity I presume.
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Old 10-02-2022, 08:18 PM   #81399 (permalink)
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I don't round up cause they ask you every single time you buy something at enough stores that at this point I'm just conditioned to say no the same way I automatically select no cash back.
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Literal LOL, Trollheart! That was a very well-placed emoji !
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