Yever wonder how drug addicts come up with their stories when asking for money? A person I vaguely know showed up at my door the other night about 8:30. She wanted to use the phone to call her son at his job so that he could come pick her up because she missed her bus. Well, the funny thing is that the buses stopped running about 2 hours before she showed up at my house. And it's not like she was at work or something, she doesn't have a job. I don't know, it just sounds fishy. One night she asked my sister for $10.00 because the alternator in her car had gone out and she needed the money to pay the mechanic. Now, I'm wondering where she found a mechanic who works on alternators for $10.00. I want to meet this guy.
And of course, there is always the guy who comes to the door asking for money because his car broke down 2 miles up the road and his wife has cancer and he's trying to get his baby girl to the doctor for an earache and $8.00 is all he needs for some gas for his car. Now...I'm thinking "Buddy, if your car is where you say it is, you had to have walked past 4 service stations to get to my house. Surely, somebody would have helped you out long before you got this far". Nope, doesn't pass the smell test. I wish they would just say "hey, I need some crack, can ya loan me some money". At least that wouldn't make me shake my head so much. I once saw a guy asleep on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco with a sign propped up that read "Why lie, it's for beer". I was tempted to donate just because he was honest.