A friend and I were walking along recently only to be approached by someone who appeared to be less fortunate than us asking if we had any spare change.
“No … I’m sorry, I don’t,” I replied.
As we walked on by, my friend asked me my why is it that we answer panhandlers in this manner. I thought a minute and realized, I do always add the obligatory “sorry” in my reply and have heard many others do the same.
Are we really sorry we don’t have change? Or are we sorry for lying to the poor soul in front of us? Are we sorry for their current lot in life or do apologize for not believing they need a little help?
Hmmm … I wonder why it is …