Honestly, do you think the poor guy on the corner WANTS to be there?
Sweating in beastly hot summer sun. Shivering in the chill of winter. Getting drenched in the pouring rain. Do you really think this was his plan when he retired and illness wiped out his savings? Do you really think this was his hope when he arrived, doe-eyed in this country praying to be able to support his family? Do you really think this is how he planned to pay to be able to go to school?
Do you really think he wants to be standing there handing out flyers any more than you want to be solicited to take one?
Look, you may not like the decision his boss made. You may not like the fact that someone’s spending money to put their business in your face. You may not want want his boss has to offer. And, if enough people feel the same, the campaign will fail and your walk down the street won’t be interrupted any more. Because, the little man on the corner will be out of a job.
But, as long as he’s there, maybe try to remember something.
This wasn’t his dream either. He’d rather be doing something else. And, he very well might be taking classes to give him what he needs to do make a better life, to stay alive. You won’t know, you can’t know just by looking at him.
So, give him a little respect.
Look him in the eyes. Smile his way. And, thank him as you take what he’s being paid next to nothing to offer.
Because, there but for the grace of God go you.
Because, it’s the right thing to do.
Because, he IS you.
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