Monday, May 9, 2011

I'll Tell You Why I Can Be So Heartless

I know, it's been a while. Sparkles has been buggin' me to post.

Joe J Johnson III and I decided we wanted to go see Insidious the other day because we're such big fans of Paranormal Activity 1 and 2.

Of course, we can't go see a movie without getting some noms first. The availability of coupons (buy one get one free!) meant that we ended up at Burger King. When Joe J and I walked in we were closely followed by a group of tubby Mexican kids, probably about twelve or so.

Is it racist to point out that they were Mexican? I figure it's just kind of a fact, but if you've been to Southern California you probably realize this is a bit pertinent to the story. Or not. Whatever, it's a description.

They were just hanging out at the front of the store while Joe and I ordered and ate. At one point I needed to go up to the front to grab our food and one of the punks was playing on his scooter which caused me to bump into him since they weren't taught to get the hell out of the way in WALK AREAS. But I was nice, I apologized and said excuse me and got back to my table unharmed.

As we were walking out and I was filling the cup to go, the same boy that I bumped into mouthed something at me. Okay, so he didn't mouth anything but he was speaking really quietly so I didn't hear him.

E : "What?"
Tubby Kid: "Can I borrow a dollar?"
E : "No! What's wrong with you?!"

I was super annoyed. I pushed past him and walked with Joe to the car. The kid followed behind us for a bit but I kept looking back at him and he ran off once he got out the front door. I ranted to Joe about how it was BS that he thought it was appropriate to go around asking complete strangers for money when he was obviously well fed, well groomed and well clothed. Joe said he had seen the kid approach other people as well. This explained why the group of them were just hanging out at the front instead of ordering food and sitting down like normal people.

The more I thought about it the more angry I became. This fat little kid thought it was okay to beg for money when there are children in homeless shelters that don't get enough. He even had the audacity to ask to "borrow" money, as though he intended to repay it at a later date! He could benefit from a volunteering gig I assume.

Punk had newer clothes than I did.

Insidious was okay. I think I expected it to be better than it was.



  1. Nice to see you again.

    I have students asking me for money sometimes. I usually tell them they can do some work for me and I'll buy them lunch or something. I've never had anyone take me up on it. It's an epidemic of people who think they just deserve things. So I feel you.

  2. STUDENTS ask you for money? Good grief. It's great that you offer to let them work for it, but it's so disappointing that no one has taken you up on it. We really do live in a time where everyone feels so entitled. It's disgusting.