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The too short crutch… beggars begging belief

It is not easy for beggars on the street to get money from me.

I notice them but do not engage because I’m not easily moved emotionally – especially by the guys who walk around leaning on a painfully short crutch.

In fact, I have often looked at the crutch and thought to myself that it must be intentionally too short because there is no apparent reason why they need to be hunched over, other than the fact that being hunched over makes it look like they are more worthy of the help they are begging for.

In other words, I thought that the short crutch beggars were fakers.

Eventually I saw I what I suspected: one of these guys walking down the street – early in the morning – carrying the crutch as if they were on their way to work, much like the way I am on my way to work.

In a way, I guess they are.

Unfortunately, I now laugh at the too short crutch beggars: “Not in a million years,” I think; sometimes I say, “nie in einer Million Jahren.”

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