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 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Get your Kleenex out....

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Thanks, Erik, truly touching. Not to make this about me but I have to say I'm a sucker for people I meet who seem to be in need. At lunchtime today I saw a young couple sitting near the front of a fast-food place that I frequent, and thought they looked hungry. I started to ask, then kept on going and walked on in to get my lunch. As I was leaving, the man asked me if I had some change so they could eat. He seemed sincere, so I gave him enough cash to buy a couple of lunch combos. They both thanked me and the lady actually wept a little. Of course the thought always crosses your mind as to what they might actually do with the money, but I was encouraged that they went in the restaurant and got in line. You may never know how much you might have helped someone, but it can't hurt to try.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

You may never know how much you might have helped someone, but it can't hurt to try.


Right on, Jack.
Me and my Sweetie frequently pass out an extra burger or sandwich.
(That's the beautiful paradox: we give something, but we receive a good feeling.)

Also thanks to Erik.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Right on, Jack.
Me and my Sweetie frequently pass out an extra burger or sandwich.
(That's the beautiful paradox: we give something, but we receive a good feeling.)

Also thanks to Erik.


Thanks, Octoberman; now between this and the "Nicest Person" thread, you've made me weep twice today.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Thanks, Octoberman; now between this and the "Nicest Person" thread, you've made me weep twice today.


Heh-heh, I guess I'm in a pretty mushy mood today myself.
I just sent my sweetie the link to Erik's vid. I bet that when I get back to her today she'll be as mushy as me!
Nothing wrong with spreading it around, I say. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, I saw it a few hours ago. It's gone totally viral.

To be perfectly honest, it didn't really move me. Call me cynical if you wish, but I felt it was too forceful in its delivery.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

This ad reminded me of an evening many years ago when I was driving across Kansas on my way home. I stopped at a motel along the interstate and checked in. While I was in the motel office a dilapidated car drove up. The driver came in and asked the proprietor how much it would cost to stay. The rate was too high and he left. As he drove off I noticed his wife and kids in the car and how miserable they looked. I have kicked myself ever since for not offering to give them a night of rest and peace at the motel. It wasn't a luxury establishment by any means and I could have easily afforded it. Missed opportunities...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Yeah, I saw it a few hours ago. It's gone totally viral.
To be perfectly honest, it didn't really move me. Call me cynical if you wish, but I felt it was too forceful in its delivery.



No problem--it is just an advertisement, after all.
As with all things, one gets out of it what one brings to it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Every single person I have had coem to me to help, turned out to be fake (except one which I don't know about).

Three good examples:

Sitting in my car in a grocery store parking lot, a guy comes up to me, opens with something like, "Excuse me, I'm not a bum, I used to be a ship captain" or something like that. I didn't have any money, I was poor myself and litterally counting pennies and only buing bread and if I coudl afford it, peanut butter, and eating one or two sandwich's a day. So, two or three weeks later I'm there again, in the parking lot and low & behold he comes by again, opening with the same line. "Sorry, you already tried me a couple weeks ago."
That look of "Busted" crossed his face and he said nothing and moved on.

Then there was one time I was at a gas station and this car parked at a pump close by. The man comes over and tells us they are broke and trying to get home and just need a little gas money. I could smell it a mile away. There was a security car there (apparently they have problems so often they have their own on-duty officer -- never see nthat before). I find him, tell him what happened, and wait for him to deal with it. The results: I was wright. The officer tells me they've been there before and pulled this crap.


And my final story. I was on the beach one day and I passed by this older lady in a wheelchair who had no legs. She was going around asking people for money. That should be the first alarm to people. If she isn't on disability or a local church isn't helping her, there's something wrong there and they aren't taking the help or were denied the help for some reason.
Well, I found out that reason later as I left a grocery store. Surrounded by her fellow panhandlers, they had pooled their money and bought cases of beer. Apparently, as somebody who had dealt with them before told me, this wasn't unusual.


I'm all for helping and people should if they can, but I want to know where that money is going, how the organization showing up skinny African kids is really spending that money, and it it's a hand up and not a hand out.

there's a number of organizations out there only spending a fraction of what they take in, on what they claim to support. The Humane Society, for example, spends something like only $0.16 cents of every dollar taken in, on the animals; the rest is overhead and waste.


I feel bad for the people in Thialand. Little things I've heard about what is happening there, just sound horrible.

I worked with a group of women and one man, from Thailand at one job. The one lady was one of the sweetest people I ahve met. And she was constatly trying to feed us for some reason. Big trays of food every few days. "Oh, Justin, you want a Honey bun?". No, I'm getting fat enough as it is, thanks. :-)

 
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