Business Sense at the Signal
August 15, 2016 10:32am CST
I always wondered - Why do people beg? Don't they have any self respect? Why don't they work instead of begging? Is it easier to beg instead of work hard and earn money? I wonder more when I see kids begging. Then I would usually end up buying something or the other if a kid comes selling things when I am waiting at the signals on my way back from work. The last time I bought something - a bunch of lovely sweet smelling red roses. It was one of days I was coming home late from work. I was at the signal a few minutes away from home. Here comes a kid with two bunches or really awesome red roses. I instantly loved them. I asked him for the price. The price was 160 per bunch, I was told. I asked him to give it to me at 100. He agreed and I bought a bunch. Then like a good businessman, he says - Ma'am this is the only bunch left with me for today. I was like 200 for flowers was spending way too much. And I didn't have the change too. I gave him an excuse of no change for not buying the second bunch. And a good business that he was, out came the reply - Ma'am I have change. And I bought the second one just for the street smartness of this little chimp of a boy. And I wished this boy grows up to get all that he wants. He has the skill and quick thinking. Wish him luck.
• Paradise, California
15 Aug 16
Where I live, I don't think I've ever seen kids begging. There is homeless here, as there is everywhere. So what I mostlhy see is street musicians, and a lot of them do appear homeless. You can tell when someone isn't showered maybe their clothing is dirty, hair apearing unwashed. I find it said. Sometimes it's mental illness. The kid you're talking about at least kinda knew what he was doing. He could grow up and become a businessman - if he takes that option. Were his parents around? I mean you assume someone was putting him up to it.
15 Aug 16
Usually these kids move in groups. I generally see mothers and small girls bunching the flowers together while the boys go and sell the flowers. Sometimes it's books and some other times toys or umbrellas. And also in India, if you're a poor street kid it becomes even more difficult.