Recently I have watched a number of inspirational videos on YouTube that have focused on random acts of kindness, particularly for the homeless. As well as reducing me to tears, they have served as reminder of how lucky I am in life, and while I try and do my best for others when I can by collecting for homeless shelters, raising money and giving to charity shops, I can always do more.
Over the last week the weather has changed, suddenly becoming bitterly cold with almost continuous rain and heavy winds. In my little town on the outskirts of Birmingham, I have seen several homeless men taking shelter in the doors or shops at night, and despite the fact that I haven’t got much money at the minute so I decided to try and do a little something for them when I could.
This is what happened:
Attempt 1: I didn’t have much change in my purse, but I found £1.00 in my pocket and put it in the cup of a homeless man sitting at the side of the road. The man didn’t say anything to me, but yelled ‘oi! Give me your phone number’ as I walked away. I told him thanks, but my boyfriend probably wouldn’t like that, to which he responded with ‘whatever, b*tch.’
Attempt 2: I went into the local sandwich shop to get some lunch, and got an extra sandwich – ham salad – and a hot chocolate. I took them over to the homeless man I had just walked past and handed it to him.
Me: Morning love, I got these for you for lunch.
Him: (snatches at sandwich and looks at it) I’m a vegetarian, so you can have it back and I don’t like hot chocolate (shoves sandwich back at me)
Me: Oh, ok then. Can I get you something else instead.
Him: Yeah, you can give me that packet of cigarettes. (I had just bought a packet and was holding them in my hand).
Me: I can give you some of them, but I haven’t got enough for another packet.
Him: Well, you shouldn’t be wasting your money on sandwiches then.
I felt totally deflated (although thought the conversation was hilarious when I was recounting it later), and I handed him a cigarette and walked away.
Attempt 3: I walked past a man sitting in the doorway next to a supermarket.
Me: Hi love, have you eaten today? I’m just going into the supermarket so I can get you something if you like?
Him: Yeah I’ve got food. Now f*ck off.
I didn’t bother responding.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting tears and hugs while anthem style music played in the background, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that! Perhaps I’m doing it wrong?
It’s not like that on YouTube!
What about you guys? Have your attempts to help someone out been thrown back in your face?
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