In our parking lot, on my way to lunch with a church member, I saw a red pickup pulling off of Main St. with a couple of women inside. The driver told me she was out of money and gas and needed help to get to work. I told her I had nothing on me to help her (the truth), and asked if she could come back later in the day. We agreed to meet at 3.
She and her friend arrived a little before 3, and I offered to cross the street to 7-11 and buy them some gas. She agreed. I walked on over, getting there a couple minutes ahead of them. I went in a paid for $10 of gas. I met her in the parking lot, told her what I had done, and walked back to the church.
She said thank you. I said you’re welcome.
A few minutes later we got a call from her. Our Administrative Assistant took the call, then told me about it. The women had called to tell us how insulted she was that I only offered her $10, and that she “just threw it in the trash can.”
I had been warned by others in our office (who have been here longer than I) that these women have been here before looking for handouts. I believed this, but figured no matter their motivation, what could it hurt to buy them some gas?
I’m not sure what to make of their reaction. I am quite sure I’ll remember the next time they stop by seeking help.
And I’ll probably buy them another $10 in gas.
Who should learn more from this; me, or them?