The Psychology of Begging

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Warning:  This is not a health-related blog post.  This has absolutely nothing to do with exercise so if you are only reading this blog because you want to follow my workout editorials, this is not the blog post for you.  That being said, you should read it anyways cause it’s pretty funny.

So this morning I was getting my Trenta Green Tea at my Starbucks and noticed something that made me think and apparently inspired me to write a post.  There was a homeless man standing at the exit of the Starbucks, begging for money.  Now, this alone is nothing extraordinary.  In fact, I’m surprised when I don’t see homeless people at Starbucks.  What was exceptional was where we were.  This was at the Summerlin Starbucks in Las Vegas.  Summerlin is the “nice” part of Vegas.  You hardly ever see homeless people wandering around Summerlin.

Not only did this guy make a personal decision to move himself and his belongings all the way up to Summerlin, but he probably chose the single best place to beg for money.

How do you feel in the morning when you stop by your local coffee spot and get your joe to go?  You feel great!  Like you’re finally starting your day off.  Let’s be honest, the day can’t possibly start until we get a little caffeine in our systems.  What a perfect moment for someone to ask you for money!  This guy is a genius!  1. He goes to the rich part of town.  2. He begs at a Starbucks.  3. He begs at the Exit to the Starbucks.

While I didn’t stop and give him money, the guy in the fancy Mercedes in front of me certainly did as well as the person in back of me…which leads me to the next question…am I a horrible horrible person for not giving the poor genius homeless man my money???

Here are my top places to beg for money in Las Vegas:

1. Starbucks in a upscale neighborhood.

2. Right outside the arrivals gate at McCarren (lots of happy people arriving in Vegas, lots of sad people departing).

3. Outside of a spa/salon (guilt factor.  you’ve just been primped and prettied and then you see this poor soul who hasn’t showered in forever begging for your loose change.)

4. Outside of a bank (for obvious reasons).

5. On Sunday outside Church (another genius idea)

6. On Saturday outside Temple (although technically you are not allowed to handle money on Shabbat, all’s fair game outside a reform synagogue).

Any other good ones?

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