Advancing the fine art of CTA begging
Last month I asked you to share the most clever CTA begging lines you had heard. Since then, I've had a few more notable experiences with beggars. It seems like I can go months without seeing one, and then there's a veritable beggars flood. Blame the economy this time?
Putrid potheads. Last Thursday, a beggar guy came barreling through the door between cars. I do mean "barreling through" because this guy was built like a barrel. And his expensive clothes and body just reeked of marijuana smoke. After he had passed, two college kids standing next to me commented that the previous week they saw a guy board a train with an unlit joint dangling from his mouth. At least he didn't violate the no-smoking rules.
Creative beggar retorts. Then, just before Christmas, I heard an exchange between a beggar and college kid. The beggar asked if he was having a nice day.
"No," said college guy. "My grandmother just died."
"So you're having a good day?" said beggar guy, obviously not listening. "So can you give me some money?"
"Listen man, I told you my grandmother just died, so I'm having a shitty f***ing day. And I won't have any f***ing money until I get the inheritance."
"Oh man, I didn't cuss at you, so no need for you to cuss me," said beggar guy, as he walked away.
Then college guy started snickering with his friends over his creative, lying retort to beggar guy.