The other day at the local Arco gas station, a guy resembling the gentleman in the photograph I've posted was going from car to car soliciting spare change from the paying patrons at the pump. I hate this. I really do. I mean, I get it, but I really don't like being a part of it. What I dislike more, though, is that I was inside my vehicle talking on the telephone clearly making an effort to avoid eye contact with this vagrant. Did that stop him from tapping on my window and asking me for change more than once even though I clearly mouthed the word NO? The answer is no. It did not stop him.
BFF warned me when I got to New York for the first time to not make eye contact with anyone on the street during my stay as it would only lead to trouble. Know what? She has a point. A week or so ago there was another dude walking around the parking lot of Vons. Mind you, it was well after dark and I could sense he was up to no good. I did my best to avoid eye contact but he got me! He asked for help and I asked if he needed directions. No, he told me, he had an office in Ventura (whatever that means) and was looking for people who wanted to make some extra money. I declined and bee-lined toward the car. Is that really the best way to recruit employees? Was he a pimp? I don't get it and I don't want to be a part of it.
MORAL OF THAT STORY: Keep your eyes on the prize and the bad will pass you by.