I took a seat there today to munch on a roll that I had bought in order to provide me with the energy to do the shopping. After sitting there for about a minute, a scrawny teenager approached me and asked if I had "a dollar for a bus fare". I told him no.
He went and sat down with his mate across the mall. Or plaza. Or whatever it is. Both looked about 15, and both were smoking. No way in hell I am giving money to a teenager who can afford to smoke.
Both looked like ferals.
As I chowed my way through the roll, I watched them approach and annoy a number of other shoppers. Some were asked for money as soon as they sat down to eat, others as they walked through the plaza.
When asked for money for a bus ticket, I should have asked the little turd:
- Which bus are you catching (as in which route or number)
- What time does your bus go
- How much is the fare?
It's pretty low when kids that age are begging, and they showed no signs of needed to beg. I guess mum didn't give them enough money to satisfy them when she booted them out of the house that morning, so they were bumming it off the productive people walking by.
Oh, the joy of having a housing commission block within walking distance.