Happy 1st of July!! 😀 This will be another busy month for me. Writer’s camp started today and my goal is to complete 25,000 words of book 3. Before I start book 3, I have to finish book 2. 😀 I’m looking forward to the challenge.
An interesting situation happened today. As John Quiñones would say: What would you do?
Here’s what happened:
I was approached by a teenager who was holding a sheet of paper in a plastic sleeve as I was walking into the grocery store. He delivered his spiel quickly as he waved the poorly copied paper in my face. He asked for a donation to help him purchase his basketball uniform. Right away, I felt this kid was running a scam because the paper he was holding was not legible so I asked him questions.
Me: Do you have a card or flyer with your school’s info? I’d like to give online.
Him: Ah no. See we had a table set up out here yesterday. We gave out all the flyers. Since I didn’t raise all the money, my coach told me to come back today.
Me: Oh, so your coach is here?
Him: Ah yeah.
Me: Where is he?
Him: (Looks out into the parking lot.) Ah, he’s driving around.
Me: Okay, maybe he can give me the website address so I can give online.
Him: Oh ah, we took the info off of the website already.
Me: Sorry, I don’t feel comfortable giving you money.
He rolled his eyes then backed away from me.
I considered telling the store manager, but I wasn’t 100% sure it was a scam. I mean, what if I were wrong? I’m sure there’s a special place in Hell for people who wrongly accuse children of fraud. LOL I jest. 🙂 But you know what I mean. I said to myself, better safe than sorry. No biggie, right? WRONG!!! As I was leaving the store, I saw an elderly lady giving the kid money. UGH!!!! He slipped the money in his pocket then backed away quickly when he saw me walking out. I considered telling the elderly woman to be careful with whom she gives money, but I didn’t. 😦
WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?!? Things didn’t add up. I don’t have children, but it seems a bit unprofessional for a school’s athletic program to make the team raise money on the street. Usually if there’s a fundraiser, there’s a banner with the school’s info and a table involved. The kid said the information was taken off the school’s website already. Really? And his “coach” was driving around the parking lot. Not to mention, how shady it is to put fundraiser money in your pocket.
What would you have done in that situation?
Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Friday Night!! 😀
2 thoughts on “What Would You Do?”
I probably wouldn’t have stopped or once I saw the card was illegible left.
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I would have asked a lot of questions too especially if the scene didn’t look legit. No table or adult supervision. I would have probably been really direct as I have done before with a young boy back home and asked why are you out here? He was 15 and hungry so I told him to meet me at the restaurant across the street and I bought him breakfast. So as you can tell from my story I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking questions.
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