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There's a block along Huron taken up almost entirely by a Whole
Foods. There are almost always two pandhandlers on the block,
one at either end of the block. Both are usually silent and sit with
bowed heads while wearing a sign explaining his predicament.
One day there was a third man, standing near though not exactly
in front of the store. He had a can and clipboard indicating he
was raising money for a cause other than himself.
As I came closer I was relieved to see he was only approaching
women. I was safe from solicitation. As I came near I heard him
say to one lady, "Are you and I going to get together tonight."
"I'm afraid not, " she said, barely registering his presence as
"That's a sad shame," he said cheerfully.
I'm sure she felt differently about the matter.
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