Today, while walking to get lunch with a coworker, a homeless lady asked us if we could buy her some food. We breezed past her, and after a few steps my buddy goes “Notice how she asked us to buy her food, instead of asking for money? They do that because they know you won’t go out of your way to buy them something, you’ll probably say ‘ah here’s some money, get what you want’, and because they asked for food, you’re more inclined to give and subconsciously you think it’s for food and not drugs or booze.”
What homeless person is that clever? What homeless person is thinking of ways to subconsciously convince you your donation will be spent on food, even though it’s really going to the next quick fix?
If you are capable of possessing this logic, chances are you won’t be homeless. “Come to think of it, instead of using Jedi mind tricks to con people out of their pocket change, I could do some sort of work for them, or their functioning business establishment, so they could give me a higher fiscal handout or ‘wage’ for my efforts! I’m really on to something!”
There’s another homeless dude in front of the Chase building who has a cardboard sign that is impossible to read. It’s this guy’s life story. WAaaaaaaay too long to get the gist of as I slip past. I think it spills over to a second cardboard sheet. Maybe the mind games homeless lady from before could give him some tips on marketing. If he’s there on Monday, I’ll give him my roommate’s copy of the Tipping Point.