I Have Become…Comfortably Numb
The other day I was going into the London Drugs on Vancouver’s West Broadway St. . There was a panhandler outside and two big men from the store were headed outside. I was obvious what was coming…they were going to remove the panhandler. That happened and when the men came back in I said to them “oh, i don’t like that’….they said yes, most customers didn’t like the panhandlers.
I said, ‘no, i didn’t like that you had him leave. that sucks. he’s just sitting there. maybe he’s an addict, maybe just down and out. maybe some of these people might rip people off, maybe some don’t, but most think they do. yet these same people who don’t like the panhandlers would walk into a place like london drugs and get ripped off. it’s the corporations who are ripping people off everyday yet no one asks to have them removed.’.
The young men agreed. I suggested they take my complaint to their boss. They said they would, but i doubt it.
yes, there are some aggrissive panhandlers ……just lke aggressive marketing campaigns, telephone soicitors etc.. they should all stop. but isn’t it all like window shopping? you don’t HAVE to go in to certain stores , you don’t HAVE to give to every panhandler. but hey, if one’s playing a cool tune you like, or is doing some neat drawings, writing poems, or just has a catchy line or phrase….why the hell not drop a toonie in their bucket? there’s no gst and you were just entertained.
how comfortably numb are we?