I don't know why it always happens to me. It never happens to my husband. I have a problem saying no and maybe they can smell that.
Yesterday, I had just finished grocery shopping with my daughter. We were at the store that people go to when they have no money and need food. The one that you have to put a quarter in the slot to use a cart and bring your own grocery bags. So it is raining and I had just put the cart back and retrieved my quarter when a lady in a Ford Ranger pulls up.
"Excuse me Miss." I am thinking she is out of quarters and wants to trade me two dimes and a nickle for a quarter so I walk up to her truck. "My son and I are on our way up from Arkansas to visit my critically ill dad in the hospital. I have been driving for two days..." Oh she wants directions... "and someone broke the window out of my truck, stole my purse and see this cardboard sign that is what I am using for a window, they almost took our radio. I wish they would've taken the radio instead of my purse. And this here is my 14 year old son. So I understand I have about 100 miles to go still and I have no money. I will send you back anything you can spare. I am so embarrassed I just don't know what to do." I only have 6 dollars on me. I give her five and tell her she doesn't need to send it back. She thanks me, tells me to pray for her and her father. I wish her luck. She pulls off and I get in my car. After I left the lot I see her sitting there waiting for another person to ask for money. I wish I would've caught her license plate. I would feel better knowing she was from Arkansas.
So was I taken for $5 or did I do a good deed? I don't know. I'd like to think I did something good and there is a higher power out there that saw it.
This isn't the first time this has happened to me. A year or so ago I was loading all three kids in the truck and a guy came up behind me. Really caught me off gaurd and gave me some weird story about loaning his car to some lady so she could get gas and she hasn't come back and he needed money for the bus or something. I gave him $5 not so much because I believed him, but because he scared me and I thought if I didn't who knows what would've happened.