Flash Fiction #226


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


I came off the Parkway, to surface streets, and at the top of the ramp stood a 30ish female with a sign saying

Homeless and Hungry
Anything will help

Seat-belted in, guys can’t reach wallets. Women with purses are good marks.

Clothes are neat and clean – there’s an insulated bag, stuffed with something. Under/behind it is a $125 backpack, better than mine. Its carry-handles tied around a sign-post, is a Wal-Mart bag full of groceries, including four cans of Campbell’s soups. It’s hard to make those up over a campfire.

I’m not saying she’s a scammer, but she looks it. 😳


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Friday Fictioneers

24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #226

  1. Dale says:

    What a great take on the prompt. Too bedraggled, looks sketchy; too neat and clean; looks suspect. How to find that juste milieu to make a living 😏


    • Archon's Den says:

      Another ‘too real to be fiction.’ I saw this on Wed. and had no better idea for a FF on Thur.
      I’d say, ‘Show some grit, and get a job’ but even before COVID, jobs were hard to find, and roadside begging pays better than most McJobs. 🙂

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  2. Mike says:

    I would rather work than beg. But hey …each to their own.


  3. Rivergirl says:

    We had a man who begged in a neighboring town. Many businesses offered him work and he refused…. sadly he could make more per hour on the corner. Tax free.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Short-term it makes a little sense, but you can’t make a long-term career out of it – no benefits, no health insurance, no vacation time off, no retirement fund. 😯 I’m noticing more females doing this, which makes me wonder if they have husbands/boyfriends who provide those, and they are just supplementing family income. 🙂

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  4. I once witnessed a man who’d been begging pack up his stuff, walk down the street and climb into a very smart car. To some, it’s a profession.

    Here’s mine!


    • Archon's Den says:

      There was one like that in Toronto, Canada. “Shaky Lady” had muscle tremors and speech problems – until quitting time, when she quickly slipped down a side street, and drove away in an Audi. 😦

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  5. Jim Wheeler says:

    We’ll probably be seeing more of this in the coming months as the recession hits hard and the wealth gap widens even further. You can’t support a family on a McJob. Last option, compulsory religion?


    • Archon's Den says:

      My Mother said that she would “Give To The Needy – Not The Greedy.” I would help those who couldn’t meet their mortgage, but not roadside scammers with more money than me. 😳


  6. wmqcolby says:

    I wonder sometimes when I see those folks if they got those things out of the trash can. My county is very prosperous and they throw away a lot of good stuff. Nice observation, there, Archon.


  7. James McEwan says:

    She just needed a lift home, smooth talking hussy probably. But, why do people trust pretty girls? – What ulterior intentions are to blame?
    Drive on by and feel guilty if she ends up in a ditch someplace. – My that is dark!


  8. Nobbinmaug says:

    I’ve heard one can make a good living that way. It’s sad because there are people out there who really do rely on that kindness to survive.


  9. Nan Falkner says:

    Some people give “begging” a bad name. If someone really Does need it, that’s fine. If they don’t need to beg and do it anyway because they are lazy – that’s so very sad. Look at their fingernails to see if they are really in need of a handout! Nice story!


    • Archon's Den says:

      Fingernails are a good telling point. My old eyesight just isn’t good enough to use it. The rest of the physical clues were a little larger and more obvious. 🙂


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