So, I had an interesting encounter this evening whilst strolling through the doors of chapters today. However, this needs a little background to be told first.
A few years back, somewhere on the Southside (I don’t remember precisely where, but I seem to remember coming out of a Timmy’s, or maybe going in to one), I encountered this guy who looked like he’d seen better days to put it mildly. Anyway, he told his tale of woe, that him and his wife and their kids had been traveling from Saskatchewan to somewhere (he did actually say where, but the sands of time have obscured a lot of the details in my memory), and the truck broke down, and they were stuck, and would I loan him some money. Now, I kind of have a policy…I don’t give people money. But, the guy genuinely looked pretty messed up, so I bought him some food, and I drove him back to his truck (or what I THOUGHT was his truck, anyway, but I’m jumping ahead, as I am wont to do). Having seen his actual vehicle (or what he told me was his actual vehicle), I then did actually give him a 20, and went on my merry way.
Fast forward about a year, and I’m in Leduc, coming out of the bank, and who should appear, but the same guy, with the same fucking tale of woe. Well, he caught me off guard, so I just brushed him off and went on my merry way. Within the next couple years, I have encountered this asshole 3 other times that I can remember, the 3rd being tonight, when he strolled on up and started up the same tired old story again. Now, the 3rd time I saw this guy, I told him to fuck himself and left. the 4th time I saw this guy, I absolutely let him have it. You would think he MAYBE would remember that, but apparently it was an unmemorable rant, because here he is again. After I told him off, I entered the store. Maybe 5 minutes later, I see this same guy hitting up a couple just inside the front entrance. As soon as I see the guy reach for his wallet, I headed over, and told him he really shouldn’t. Being decent human beings, they gave me a look like I was worse than Hitler for making the suggestion…until I told them this exact same story. Amazing what the truth will do, as this guy, and everyone else around (a bit of a crowd had gathered by this time) all proceeded to harangue this idiot, followed by him being punted.
Anyway, if you should happen to see this human being, do me a favor, and repeat my mantra that he can fuck himself. I can’t stand this guy. Sure, he’s a lying ingrate who has obviously been riding on this for a LOOOOOONG time, but if I’m completely honest, that isn’t the real reason this asswipe pisses me off to the extent that he does. He pisses me off because I’m a typical, arrogant human being, and typical, arrogant human beings like to think they can size someone up. Well, obviously, I rolled a mental snakeyes when it came to sizing this guy up. As a typical human being, I don’t like being proven completely flat wrong, which is exactly what happened here. and every damn time I see this shit, it gets rubbed in my face all over again.
I kind of find myself wondering…how many people are in the same boat that I am towards this one, solitary person? How many others have felt for the bastard, given him some help, and then had it hurled back in their face when he’s walked up to them 6 or 12 or 18 months later, and told them the exact same story that worked the first time? I mean, he’s tried it on me 5 times, and the last 3, I’ve given him an absolute rant…I doubt I’m the only repeat customer. (It does also bother me that this guy and his act have probably rendered more than a few of these people completely unwilling to ever help anyone who might actually really need it in the future.)
I mean, sure, I’m probably supposed to feel bad for this guy, who obviously has some problems, but I simply cannot bring myself to. All that I feel for this jackass is scorn. I find myself repeating insanely right win mantras about how these people should ‘just get a job’, which I would normally never really think about, but seeing as this dick has pretty made THIS his job, yeah, he probably has had a few fucking opportunities to get back on his feet. He’s obviously doing alright. He’s probably had his chances, but the motherfucker decided to just keep conning people instead. Fuck him.