Sarasota is a fairly upscale city, and not a particularly cheap place to live. So it amazes me how many homeless there are, and how many are scam artists and panhandlers. One downtown business has a sign out front that says that 93% of all money received by panhandlers goes to drugs and alcohol. I don't know how accurate that number is, but the message is clear.
So, once again, I was approached by a very amateurish pair of scammers. “We live across the street from New College and are out of gas. This is so embarrassing, we are good responsible guys.” I said, “OK. Save your breath, I'll make you a deal”, and explained the project. I got some shots and they got a few dollars. Hopefully more than 7% went for food. John's breath betrayed alcohol, and his demeanor was pretty goofy. Christian seemed under control.
As Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “and so it goes...”