(Here is another guest post from Jim Baxter. His stories make a good antidote to my plodding stuff WW)
The story of how the golden-voiced beggar Ted Williams was rediscovered as golden-voiced reminds us all of what to select as the best strategy for begging. Let’s face it, we’ve all known it might be coming and it’s close enough to the truth.
The thing is, the thing to consider is, when have you yourself been most likely to shell out? I’ve been thinking about this because it could happen to me at any time and not before time.
The most I ever shelled out was to an emaciated guy propped up on a street post on Sixth Avenue in lower Manhattan. His pitch was not unique but it was delivered professionally with a beaming grin: ‘Hey man, I’m trying to get to Hawaii but I’m about fifty thousand dollars short’.
This was late 1997. As I gave him his dollar (it was never mine) he asked me, ‘So, what did you think of the funeral?’ I said, ‘What funeral?’ He said, ‘Beam me up Scotty, there aint no intelligent life down here’.
And that’s the point. Never indulge talented beggars. Give your spare change if you want to to those who whine through their noses. Ignore the likes of the beggar on the O’Connell Bridge. They can sink or swim.
Hat-tip to Ray Bradbury