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On A Traffic Light

A few days ago on my way to work I was stuck on a red light. There was a beggar asking for money car by car and as he came closer I could see that every time someone gave him a few cents he would put them away and show the empty cup again. In a matter of minutes I was making computations and wondering : how much do this people make daily if… let’s say they do a 6 hr  “shift”? Supposing traffic lights change every 2 or 3 minutes (I chose every two minutes) and on each light the beggar gets 25 cents (way too conservative amount, I’ve seen people give them a dollar) that’s $7.50 an hour! Then I supposed again that to avoid mid day sun, the beggar stands on the light from 8 a.m to 11 a.m (and they actually rise early because I also see them at 6 a.m on my way to college) leaves, and then comes back at 5 p.m until 8 p.m. That’s 6 hrs in a day at $7.50 = $45 daily. And assuming they work 5 days a week this equals $450 dollars every 2 weeks. Are you following me? I’m saying that a person standing on a light for 6 hrs makes only $120 dollars less than me! And the question is: where do they put it? Why do they still live on the streets? Take into account that they might be doing more than the conservative 6 hrs I made up and they might even do it the 7 days of the week. That’s 42 hrs a week @ $7.50 = $315 weekly or $630 every two weeks or $1,260 monthly! Without paying taxes! OK who wants to go to the streets with me?

No people, seriously I’m really curious about what this people is doing with the money. Why can’t they make their life better? I mean it’s a good amount of money considering what they do.

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  1. August 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I wonder why people don’t ever vote on surveys…
    Anyway, I think I give money because I’m afraid of not being compassionate or being overly judgmental.

    • August 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Maybe they don’t vote because they feel compromised. But the poll won’t tell anybody their specific answer lol! Thanks for your comment and your vote. I think most people give them money because of that to0.

  2. August 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, I know. A real ‘pull on the heart strings’ is when they have a small child parked in a stroller beside them ALL day! I don’t know what the answer is or why they remain on the streets. Sometimes I give money and other times food but each time I try to teach my kids to help those in need. Many have asked me “How do you know the difference between a true need and a scam? What if you are hustled?” I don’t know and I’m sure I have been taken in the past. But I refuse to allow suspicion to callus me. The rest is between them and God.

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