The beggar and his reluctant partner
The guy made the usual loud racket as he came banging through the door connecting the Red Line train cars. He began his begging rap right away, except there was a twist.
He was dragging his 8-year-old son along, featuring him prominently in his pitch:
"Me and my son are in and out of shelters right now. Anything you can spare would be really helpful."
His son stood sheepishly with him, looking slightly embarrassed. He was eating the cuff of his jacket with eyes downcast. His dad then held him directly in front of him as he personally confronted every single passenger on the car, asking them for money.
And his success rate was a bit higher than what I usually see. Generally I rarely see a beggar score any cash at all. This guy got two passengers on my car to pony up.
But at what price to this poor kid?