Swirls and ripples in the glass which tended to distort the scenery outside as it passedthrough the crystal indicated that the pane was of an older variety that was handmade. It was aheavy pane. Its frame, with its chipped, cracked white paint which they liked for the rusticaesthetics, was heavy as well and had felt very sturdy. However, the way the wind had justrattled it had startled both of them. Sue chose the chair in the room furthest from the window.Looking back at the
now silent window, Sue began to finish her thought in a kind tone, “I
just feel that when people help them on the street it encourages them to beg. The organizationsare staffed with professionals who have been trained to take care of these people, to give themthe guidance they need. You and I pay for it with our taxes. We both have done fund drives and
given to charities. We take the tax credit for it every year.”
“So, you’re saying that we should just ignore them?” asked Bill with a look of disbelief.
“No, I’m saying that when you help them out like that, you are just encouraging them to
beg. That is why it is better to let the professionals help them. They know what is best to turn
them into productive citizens,” finished Sue just as the window started
up again.As quickly as it started to rattle, it came to a stop when Bill who had joined Sue in
turning his attention towards the complaining glass, started to state his thoughts, “Are you sayingthat they add nothing to society? Like a common parasite?”
“Oh, com’on, they are hoboes. All they do is create a nuisance on the street for hardworking people like you and I.”
Both turned their attention to the rattling window as another gust laden with watersplashed into it. When it stopped this time, they both continued to look at it.
“Quite a storm for this time of the year,” said Bill still looking at the window.
“Yeah,” answered Sue slowly turning her attention back to Bill.
“I just think that most charities are bullshit. I think that we give them our respon
so we don’t have to deal with it and they make millions.”
“Yeah, that’s their legal definition, but for nonprofit organizations they make some huge
salaries for the big wigs. Not so much for the people that actually make it all happen. They aremostly free labor. Hell, a friend of mine that spent a week at the Water Street Rescue Mission
told me that if you work, they keep 75% of your income. If you don’t work, they put you to work
for long hours in their facilit