Yes you read the title correctly. Times are getting tough folks, and hobos are getting smarter. I’m pretty sure we’ve all been approached by hobo’s atleast once in our lives, or atleast seen them. Usually in most cases, Hobos will hold up a sign while begging for change, and also will beg for cash. But I was approached by a Hobo who asked for DEBIT. Yes, debit…
I’m going to share my experience with you that I experienced a few weeks back, in hopes that it provides some laughter and brightens up your day a little, or night….
So a few weeks back I was on break at my job, and usually when I go on break I go outside to get some fresh air. Well, I go outside to get some fresh air, minding my own business. I was actually going to call my girlfriend and check on how her day was going. But then all of the sudden a homeless man comes strolling up behind me in a wheelchair with an iPhone in his hand.
I turned around and gave him a quick glance and then continued on with my business. Then he came up behind me and tapped me on my shoulder to get my attention and asked,
Hobo: “Hey sir, do you have some money to spare?”
Me: “I’m sorry I don’t. I don’t have any change or cash on me all I have is debit.”
Me: *Confused as I don’t know what and trying to figure out an escape plan for such an awkward situation, except I didn’t want to be rude.*
After a small chuckle I then said, “Oh you do?”
Hobo: “Yes sir, I got it right here…”
He then proceeded to show me his iPhone with the SquareUp card reader attachment on the top of his phone. Now for those of you who don’t know what that is, allow me to explain…
SquareUp is an interesting new feature Apple came up with that allows you to literally accept credit card or debit card payments anywhere with your iPhone, Android or iPad.
Now there were multiple things running through my mind when this man pulled his phone out.
First, if he was the homeless person begging for money that he claims he was, how the heck does he even have an iPhone? I myself don’t even have an iPhone and I work a fulltime job!
Second, the fact that he even asked me for debit after settling for no cash, was quite flattering. That was an epic win but I was trolled beyond belief.
Third, after saying I have no cash but only have debt, and after finding out that he DOES IN FACT accept debit, what the hell do I say now without being a habitual liar?
Me: “Oh wow haha, you do actually take debit. Well I’m sorry man I’m broke I wish I could help.”
After glaring me in the eyes with a friendly yet mysterious expression to say “Of course you don’t”, he then said,
Hobo: “Oh no no no worries you have yourself a nice day sir. Thankyou!”
*And he strolled on down the parking lot*
Hobos are more clever than ever folks. Let this post teach you a lesson. If a hobo ask you for money, unless you have it, just say you don’t have ANY money whatsoever. Don’t put yourself into a humiliating guilty trap like I did. And I will close this post with a quote.