I was standing with my wife, waiting for the traffic light to change. Just behind me was a woman sitting on the sidewalk, panhandling. She looked unwell. Like she was high, or like she needed some kind of medication for her mental health. In front of her was a sign that said: “Abusive Ex Left Me Homeless, Please Help With Money for Food and Shelter”.
Anyway, I was standing with my wife, waiting for the traffic light to change, when I heard a voice behind me:
God! That is the most retarted sign I have ever seen. I mean, seriously, you really need to change your sign. Fuck. It’s so fucking retarted.
So, I turn around and see a young man — probably in his early twenties, standing in front of the homeless woman. He’s looking down on her contemptuously, and mocking her in between drags on his cigarette. Taking his time with it, you know?
There are other people walking by, not taking any notice.
So… if you were in this situation, what would you do? Seriously, not what would you want to do, but what do you think you would actually do?