There was a homeless man on the millennium bridge today; holding a puppy. He genuinely looked cold, downtrodden and looking worse for ware. The pup looked the same. Countless people walked past not giving him a second look.
I admit it’s unusual for me to give such people money and don’t normally carry cash but I had a couple pound in my pocket so I put it in his cup as some way to help him out.
He thanked me. He was pleased with the donation and genuinely said thank you.
I wasn’t prepared for what happened next.
A small German man in a suit started to shout at me.
He’s here every day. Don’t give him money. I doubt he’s even homeless!
I simply responded, it’s a couple of pounds what harm does that do?
The suited man then proceeded to have a go at me for being gullible
I simply told him to mind his own business and that it was my money.
I believed I was doing the right thing and for a fraction of a second, happy I could help in some small way.
But this was taken from me. Instead I was publically made to feel small and stupid.
As I walked away I was angry and upset but couldn’t help but think how the homeless man on the bridge must have felt.
I’m pretty sure the man in the suit could have easily have donated but given his attitude I doubt he does.
Who shouts at strangers in the street? Especially in the middle of a busy tourist hot spot.
Why can’t people mind their own business? Why is it these days the world is full of know it alls and experts?