So there I was last week at Walgreens with Lainey minding my own beeswax when an old(er) woman hobbled up to us. She looked very similar to this:
Seriously. That image could actually be of her. So, she comes up to us, looks around all secretively (like she’s about to make a drug deal) and whispers, “Honey, do you think you could do me a favor?” I have absolutely no idea what this woman wants, so I just said “Um, maybe.” Then she gets closer to me (with her Polident breath) and says “Could you just give me $20? I need to get my pain meds and I just need $20.”
At this point I’m just staring at her (possibly with my mouth wide open) because I really don’t know what to say. Part of me is thinking that John Quinones is watching from around the corner with his “What Would You Do?” video crew and at any moment they’re going to jump out and interrogate me. Speaking of which, have you ever seen that show? What’s up with that John Quinones anyway? He has that Spanish tilde over the “n” in his last name, but his eyes look totally Asian! Am I right, or am I right?
I digress. I must not have said anything to the woman because then she starts in with “If you don’t have $20, I’ll take whatever you have. Really, I’ll take whatever you have!” What does that even mean? What if I have a $50? Does she want the whole $50? I doubt she’d make change.
I didn’t have to think about it very long because I don’t carry cash. So, I apologized saying I didn’t have any cash and we went on our merry way. Well, within minutes I felt bad. Why? Mostly because I knew my Dad would have had the money and he would have given it to her. My Dad is a total Bucket Filler!
I considered taking her to the pharmacy and paying for her meds with my debit card, so Lainey and walked around the store keeping our eyes out for her. But, she was nowhere to be found.
On one hand, I felt bad about it, but on the other hand I didn’t because she was asking for money for pain meds. Had she said she needed money for heart or blood pressure meds I would have felt terrible. What can I say? I guess Granny needs to get a more desperate story!
(See, I’m telling you his eyes are Asian!)