“Do not pick it, leave it alone.”
I finally saw the light and reason why a genuine beggar would stand there on the streets with a cup for collection of money from well-wishers but ends up having nothing at all because someone is so afraid of being a pauper in Nairobi.
It came to me one day when I was walking on the streets of Nairobi. I was in accompany of a friend of mine, smartly dressed and a show of high status in our society. The guy was bragging about his life and how his success in business which elevated him into the life he always dreamt of.
The Value Of A Coin
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“You know what buddy… every coin that comes in your pocket is all that matters when you’re in business like mine…’’ The person was saying to me.
I wondered why he was telling me all that in public place. All I needed was a quick delivery of package and off. His business and his wealth was his secret that no one else should care about, leave alone talking about it on top of his voice and laughing exaggeratedly on simple issues.
Genuine Needy Person
There was a beggar who had disabilities on both legs and his hand too indicated some weaknesses. The friend of mine looked at him and started searching for something in his pockets. After some seconds of fruitless effort, he turned to me and asked, “Do you have some coins, I need to give him something, but it seems I have high value currency notes with me…” Blah blah blah… I saw it fit to give him a twenty shillings coin that he handed it over to the needy man. In his words, he said that his coins end on the streets…not buying from hawkers but giving them away to those who need them the most.
Negative Thought About Street Coin
We reached on a busy street. There was a ten-shilling coin being kicked and stepped on by passersby. I made up my mind to pick it up but he told me not to because it was a shameful act… I reminded him that ‘there are those who need it the most’, but he insisted that it was of no use. I picked it anyway and later gave it away because that was my intention.
Fake Beggar Revealed
We were in public transport vehicle, commonly known as Matatu, when I was surprised to see him give away my twenty-shilling coin as bus fare. I thought he gave it away to the beggar but he tricked me and kept the money for himself…. I understood why he had to say that ‘every coin that comes in his pocket is what matters in his business.’
Oops! It is so hard to deal with fake beggars in Nairobi as genuine needy persons stuck with nothing but time to wait.