Not so long ago, I decided to buy breakfast for a (handicapped) man who is always hanging around the McDonald’s I pass on my way to work, often drunk and often arrested, but not homeless, to my understanding. I had a cold bottled water and an Egg McMuffin for him. When I handed it to him, he thanked me…but told me he wanted coffee to drink. I was on my way to work and a little later than I wanted to be, so I told him the water would have to do.
But yesterday was one of those situations when I didn’t know what to do.
I pulled up to the Wok and Roll, next to the same McDonald's mentioned above. There was a young guy with his dog sitting against the wall behind the speaker where I placed my order. He immediately asked me to buy him some food. I had no problem with that. I asked him what he wanted, and he said an egg roll. I ordered him two egg rolls and a drink. Then he started asking me for several other items…things I didn’t even see on the menu.
That’s when I didn’t know what to do. So I ordered him two more egg rolls and rolled up to the window to pay for it. I told the cashier to put the egg rolls in a separate bag for the guy outside. She told me others had bought him some food, and that she would make sure he got the drink and egg rolls I bought for him. I hope she did. I feel pretty certain the employees chased him off, because they said something about him “still being back there.” Then I felt a little guilty, like I had tattled on him and he may have no place to go if they chased him away.
What would you have done?