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A Letter

November 09, 2002 22:22

This Letter is in response to someone who runs a panhandling site. The whole email, with the original quoted is here:

I added you for a few hours, then I looked at your website. I have now removed your link from the page. To ask others for handouts because you didn't plan things through properly or that life didn't go the way you wanted it to, is pathetic. I know it worked for Karen, but panhandling on the street corner, or through a website, is nothing short of taking advantage of the good will of others for your own greedy financial benefit. I know you say you work hard now. Well, its about time. Instead of racking up student loans you should have been working while in school to avoid that pinch. You should have worked harder in high school to get the grades to earn scholorships and maybe your college loans wouldn't have been so severe, if you needed them at all. Yes, you say you couldn't work through college, perhaps you shouldn't have gone then. It obviously hasn't done you any good.

You are an able-bodied human being. You have a job, and in the current economy, that's good news. You speak the language. You apparently have a roof over your head. There are thousands... MILLIONS of people in the United States alone that are worse off than you, let alone the rest of the world. Yet most of them don't complain.

I'm going to do you a favor. I'm going to tell you how to solve this problem of yours. First of all, look at your budget. What is on there that you don't absolutely need to survive or maintain your current employment? Be honest, there's plenty there. Got cable/dish? Cancel it. Paying for internet service? Not anymore. How's that food budget? Time to develop a taste for ramen. No more cosmetics. No more magazines. No more buying new cars, or CDs, or furniture, or any crap you don't need. And if you've spent money on any of this stuff since the day you went into debt... SHAME ON YOU.

Life has not handed you a raw deal, you handed yourself one. You've made your bed, but now you don't want to sleep in it. Well TOO BAD! Paying off that debt will be the most rewarding thing you will ever do. But you're going to have to do it on your own. And if you choose to continue this farce, well, I'll say this.. you have a lot of nerve, but it speaks very poorly of you as a human being. Does it please you that people all over the world grace your site only to see that despite the fact that your life was, and still is, so full of potential, you've chosen to snub your nose at all of it and BEG for money. People all over the world dream, pray and DIE just for the CHANCE of the possibilities that you have. God you make me sick.

But hey.. I can't stop you. And if your own personal ethics allow you to sink to this level, well, there's not much I can do about it. But I'll be damned if I'm going to help you. Have a nice day.

-Paul Mathis
pmathis@dfw.net

Save Elaine wrote:

Name: SaveElaine
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Status: Single
Webpage: http://www.SaveElaine.com
Pic: http://www.SaveElaine.com/001.jpg
Comments: I love driving you insane!

:) Can you add me to your list of visitors?

Great website!!

Thanks,

Elaine

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