Weight = 177.6 lbs
Coinage = $2.43
Best Find = a lonely dime in an muddy ditch.Panhandler Profile:
As a frequent walker, I am often approached by panhandlers, men and women. Yesterday while enjoying a senior coffee at Mickey Ds, a man ask me for a couple of quarters to “get something.” I always say yes. But I don’t just hand it to them without a human connection. As I slowly handed the change, I introduced myself and ask for his name. “John!” he said. I said, “John, do you work.” I unintentionally put him on the defensive as he thought I was scolding him. Said John with some level of exasperation, “I’m 65!” Then backing off, perhaps aware that I still possessed more change, “And I’m disabled.” Handing John a couple more quarters I asked what he did before he became disabled. “Carpenter,” he said. “Trim or framing?” I replied. “Mostly just general construction,” said John. By now he trusted my questions as being friendly and after I gave him my last bit of change, off he went. But he had earned his dollar burger—the change was not forthcoming until eye contact was made and the transaction instilled with humanity. I sensed a return of a bit of dignity as he exited looking for his next mark.