Religion thingy...

Philippines
August 31, 2010 1:47am CST
Someone approached me yesterday, some stranger - a guy. He's asking for some help. Someone snatched his wallet. He's asking if I could give him some money so he could go home. And I was like, okay, but I already spent my money on shoes and food and I'm about to go home too. And seriously, I don't have money anymore. I guess he felt that I am thinking that he is a bad guy or something. So he told me "I'm not a bad guy... I'm a (religion)". So I was like, okay?! So?! I don't care whatever your religion is, I'm not thinking that he's a bad guy or something else. I was thinking of how could I possibly help him. Why brought up the religion thingy. If you need help, you could just ask. So I gave him the all the coins that I have. Seriously, I don't have money anymore. All I have is some coins which I gave to him and a bill enough for my transportation to get home. He is asking if I could give him more, he even mentioned the exact amount that he needed. And I was thinking, okay, you have the nerve to asked me that much, I already gave you what I have and I don't have money anymore. I don't have any religion issues. I really don't care whatever your religion is, just don't do anything that could harm me or other people. That somehow pissed me off. Why brought up your religion?! You really don't have too. If you need help, you could just ask nicely. Seriously - Don't use the religion thingy. It doesn't make any sense at all. And it doesn't help at all. If a person is willing to help, that person will help you. No matter what your religion is. And religion was never an issue to me in helping people.
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17 responses
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
31 Aug 10
Strange how people use their religion as an excuse to get things in life. Here, we normally ignore them, if they do not understand the word no, get lost, it turns out nasty. You should never give anyone money, sweetie. Especially when you are alone. Next time, ignore and walk on, okay. TATA.
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@vandana7 (53419)
• India
31 Aug 10
The blond doing the talking?
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
31 Aug 10
No talking to them, Vannie. I have my ways.
@vandana7 (53419)
• India
31 Aug 10
Oh yes, the whipping blondie!!!
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
31 Aug 10
I read that this happened in the Philippines? Does this happen often? I mean people having their wallets stolen, not the religion thing..Here in the USA, if someone had stolen our wallet/bag, we'd call the police for help, not asking a stranger for money to go home.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi carmelanirel, Not really that often. I guess some people are just really bad. Philippines may be a "poor" country but not all people are bad. Some people just really have the nerve to do bad on other people. Some people call on the police, some don't. That is why people here must be aware at their surroundings.
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• United States
1 Sep 10
Yes, being aware is good no matter where you are. Yet I don't understand why the guy didn't contact the authorities unless he had something to hide? What is the reason some don't?
• United States
1 Sep 10
How horrible and to have to have the gull to get upset because you could not help out. HA! Could he help you out! The nerve of some people, I find it commendable when people ask me for money and I truly do not have it and they in turn so thank you ma'am and may God Bless you! Oh gosh I have given food out of my bags to someone like this. Had he said Thanks anyways that would have done it too. Seriously how many times have we not asked for something or directions and a person does no, do we not immediately. Thanks anyways. Geeze! These are the people that truly deserve a zillion blessings in life as we are not suppose to demand a please and thank you suffice as it will win anyone over.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
hi hardworkinggurl, That is so true. Thinking about it, I think I did not hear him say thanks. Oh, the nerve on that guy. It pisses me more. I should ignore such people next time.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
1 Sep 10
That would be so annoying! It would piss me off too. You're nice to still have given him something. I probably wouldn't if I was running low.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
hi lore2009, I guess I am being too nice to him. As I read every comments from this post of mine, I realized I should have thought of myself first. Not being selfish, but I have nothing left too. I'll walk away next time, I can't trust strangers too much, they may be bad people.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
1 Sep 10
Hi trishasan, I agree with you religion has nothing at all to do with it. We are all human beings and if we can help someone we should do it with no thought of religion. Blessings.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
hi Pose123, People may have differences, but mentioning one's religion can't really help. I think he should change. As I read every comments in this post of mine, I realized that it may be a scam. But I still think he shouldn't use his religion. If it is really his religion.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
31 Aug 10
The thing is many people feel that they are judged by their religion and when they are begging they want to throw as much information your way to convince you to help them. I'm with you I'll help if I can and I couldn't care less what religion you are.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi savypat, I guess he thinks I'm judging him and letting me know that he is not bad through his religion will make me believe him at all. I walked away after. I was really pissed when he used his religion and when he asked for more. I was scared after that. In helping, religion will never be an issue. If someone really wants to help, that person will help.
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
31 Aug 10
In helping people, I also do not choose a religion. Of any religion would I help you, if I could. The person spoke on behalf of religion, to force people to give aid, it was an improper act. I really do not like people who like it.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi indahfth, I think it was improper too. I does not take a religion to decide to help people. We may have different beliefs but that does not mean that I cannot help one if he is different from me.
@jazz51 (2)
31 Aug 10
Maybe he went wrong to talk I mean that he mean that he is religious not religion.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi jazz51, No, he actually meant to say that he is a *religion*, like as if his religion can't do anything wrong, or his religion is a "perfect" religion and can never do harm.
• United States
31 Aug 10
Perfect example of people using religion as a crutch. That is all it is. Organized religion is a farce and a scam. Its people are taught that they are better than everyone else in the evil world and their religion entitles them somehow in some way..........you did the right thing, it would have pissed me off too!
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi devildog683, I left him after. He have the nerve to ask for more. I hope he changes from doing such things. And not to use the name of the religion.
@ANTIQUELADY (36492)
• United States
31 Aug 10
I think u should have just walked off from him before u gave him anything. Sounds like a scam to me. He probably does that for a living.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi antiquelady, Yeah, I guess it is a scam. I'll ignore them next time. I hope he'll change. It's not nice doing that, and using the name of his religion in his dirty works.
@vandana7 (53419)
• India
31 Aug 10
I agree with you hundred percent trishasantos. Just because a person belongs to my religion does not make him or her my best friend and just because a person belongs to another religion (read rival religion :( ) he or she does not become my worst enemy. I have detractors from my own religion, and I will have well wishers from another religion. That is something we all need to accept. We all also need to accept that if my god is different from yours, and if your god created you, and my god created me, then both gods are capable of creating good and complete human beings. If both are good enough at that, how does any of the two rank above? No - as I was mentioning elsewhere, religion is necessary in childhood because we cant reason, so we need to accept rights and wrongs as told to us at that point of time. But as we grow up, we start understanding others feelings, and correlate our lessons of rights and wrongs, this time understanding why something is right, and why something is wrong. That is all that is the function of any religion. Beyond that - it is like the dual control car at driving school. You dont need it anymore. You have to drive on your own. And even this drive has to be private. Because each one of us has some thoughts, which we dare not reveal to our closest friends and family, but god knows them. So in front of god, we are naked to an extent. If we dont come out naked - without clothes - in front of others, why should we come out naked - in our beliefs and thoughts - in front of others? So religion should according to me stay put in homes, or in places of worship. Nowhere else should its presence dominate.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi vandana7, I totally agree with you. So what if I have a different religion from what he has. So what if we're created from different gods or grew up believing different things. That does not make him my best friend in the world. We all have differences. We lived with it for years, and we learned to respect despite the difference from religion. I just hope he realizes that.
@damned_dle (3944)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
I knew from the story that you are from the Philippines even before I looked at your profile. You know those people will say ANYTHING just to have a few coins. Such a shame. And I know exactly what he said. I hear that all the time from "RELIGIOUS " people.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Damned_dle, LOL. Nahh. If you're thinking about religious speech offering something or preaching something from the bible. No, it wasn't this one. This is well sort of different. He just mentioned his religion just to add with him not being a bad guy. He just mentioned it. And I was like, okay, so?! haha. I have no religion issues anyway, but why mention it. Does he mean that other religion is bad people. I really don't get him. I ignored him after. The guy has some nerve.
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
He had some NERVE! don't you know that there's a law that actually forbid us to give alms to these people. if that would have happened to me, i would have completely ignore him. or simply shout as loud as i can to bust him off! who the hell does he think he is demanding MORE, when you need some to get home. Frankly, i just ignore them. some of them are actually members of a Syndicate Groups. as selfish as it may seemed i don't want to provide benefit to crooks who uses poor people to get money
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi LetranKnight, There's a law? We have such law? Gahh... Never knew about it. I guess I'm not too interested with law. Stupid me. At least now I am aware. Thanks for the info. I really hate the part that he asked for more. He actually said "60 pesos". I was shocked with what he said so I left him. The guy has some nerve. I'll ignore them next time. They are scary too.
• United States
8 Sep 10
it sounds like a scam to me. Why bring up religion? It is wrong to assume that one religion makes you more honest.
@rosekiss (30108)
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Sep 10
I don't mind helpting others, but if I don't have it, then they are out of luck. I don't understand why someone would bring up religion anyway, as it doesn't matter, as there can be people out there with on religious affiliation, that are good people too, and will help whenever they can. I really think though it does take a lot of nerve to ask a total stranger for money. I don't know what his situation is as far as finances is concerned, but if he is capable of working them he really does need to work, and not veg. As I am driving, I will see people begging, especially at the e4nd of exit ramps. I just keep going, as I am having enough trouble tryi9ng to make it myself without giving it all away. Now, I do pay tithe and such, and I do believe in helping others, but I also think that we also need to be aware of those around us as well, as you never know, who you are dealing with. Take care, and happy mylotting.
@Hatley (148840)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 10
hi trishasantos this guy really had a lot of nerve after you explained that you only had so much money and you had already given all you could to him. For one thing I think almost any place in t he world if you have the misfortune to lose your wallet any busdriver with any sort of heart will forgo the fare. And like you said, religion has nothing to do with it, and should not have been brought up at all.Here in the US they call that panhandling and thats against the law. I know once someone stole my billfold and I only had about ten cents in my pocket and the busdriver said oh come on sit down, YOu gotta g et home and get to your bank. Anyway you did all you cpuld.
• United States
1 Sep 10
If you experience this again, you can ask if he had notified the police and he should have if his story was on the level and they probley also have something to help people in cases like this. Another thing you can do in the future if this happens again is to direct him to a church! Our churchs all - regardless of your religion or where you live- have mission funds and they will help the person if his story is honest. And since he mentioned religion he should have no problem going to a church for help. These are all ways you can help a person without using your own funds. When I was working, I seen a car pull into our parking lot and 2 or 3 people got out and started going up to people coming out of the store, as I went into work they approached me, needed gas money to get somewhere they were going. I never carried money to work so couldn't help them. I went into work and told our manager right away what was happening out in the parking lot. I never give to people, maybe some of their stories are honest but I am always on the lookout for a scam.