With Hard Work Comes…Success, Right?

Here I go with my random thoughts lol.  Know how every year you say the cliché, ‘This is my year’? And you sing along with conviction when Konshens comes on with ‘This year mi ago be the winner?’ Wait, wait, don’t forget Charly Black – sing it with me now…If mi nuh rich dis year, next year nah pass. Well a few years have passed, quite a few actually, and it doesn’t seem to be ringing true.  #IMPATIENTLYwaiting :/

The Stoplight Chronicles: Taking my Kindness for Weakness

Annoyed Face

I lamented to my Facebook friends recently about persons approaching me on the street with all sorts of concocted stories, and begging for money.  For my readers outside of Jamaica, you’ll see a little Patois used but you’ll be able to follow 🙂

The other day I pulled up to a stoplight and had my windows down (not the smartest thing).  I scanned the area and figured everything was good because the only suspect looking person was a man standing on the island with his back to me, about to cross the road. I started fiddling with the radio and the next thing I knew the man was at my window.  I frighten yuh si.  I must have either jumped or popped my eyes out because he said, “Miss please doe frighten.  Please miss.”  Doe frighten? Too late lol. I moved to turn up my window, and sounding quite distraught and baffled he said, “Why everybody turning up dem window? I doe understand. Why everybody in Kingston stay suh?”  Umm maybe because you’re frightening us lol.

Anyway, he starts telling me he’s from St. Thomas (just to clarify for overseas readers, this isn’t in reference to the island St. Thomas. It’s a parish in Jamaica)  He said he got a flat tyre or something and that the police gave him some money towards fixing it but he needs $X more.  I can’t remember how much he said.  He went on to say that he has fish in his car and that he would give me some if I give him the money towards his vehicle.  Please tell me why I would really want fish from this strange man?  Coulda all say it come from the sea of Galilee…it’s ok, no thanks.  He may have been lying about having car trouble but I just said well that’s between him and God.  I gave him some money and he said thanks, but would you believe he asked if I can’t give him the entire amount he asked for? Lol.  Mister man, here endeth my kindness because I don’t even know if you’re telling the truth.  I left him to find someone else to beg.

Ironically, after I posted about it on Facebook friends commented saying they too had encountered this same man, with this same story.  Just like me, they had been fooled.  He moves around to different areas scamming persons.  This just served to make my conviction even stronger that I am going to begin exercising great caution with my kindness.

I’ve even gotten scammed by persons who have been telling the same story for over eleven years.  I came home and told my mother about helping them and she enlightened me letting me know that she and my father had come across those very same persons with the same story years ago.  So after countless encounters like these, I’m on a break from beggars (Kindness yuh hear that? Keep yourself quiet) unless they have some type of deformity.  It’s always some ‘horse dead, cow fat’ story (as the saying goes).  I can’t always tell when they’re genuine so right about now, the good are going to have to suffer for the bad.  It’s very unfortunate it had to come to this but I have to take these measures to ensure this doesn’t happen anymore.

I’m feeling extremely weary of grown, hearty looking people who look at me as a young girl and have no qualms about stretching their hand out to me to beg.  I’m here budgeting and prioritizing and you just want the easy way out?  It’s like I’m afraid to leave the house.  They’re everywhere.  I have the urge to download Barrington Levy’s ‘Every Posse Must Work’ and play it when they approach me.  I have money because I work.  You should try it some time.

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