‘This just happened. I was on the subway to work, and a fellow steps into the car. In a mellifluous, but loud enough, voice he announces that he recently lost his job and has medical bills to pay. He has 2 children who are staying with relatives. He has been looking for a new job, but in the meantime has needed to rely on handouts from strangers. It’s a nice enough story, not too dissimilar to those I’ve heard with some regularity on the train. Depending on the look or feel of the person, I will hand them a buck or two. This guy looks legit.’
I volunteer at a soup kitchen, and I would estimate that the “clients” throw about a third of the food they’re served in the garbage.