So what do you think?
A homeless woman outside of the bakery where I'm picking up my cake today asks for some money to buy something to eat. I say I don't have change, but come on in with me and I'll buy you something.
There are people you can take one look at and you know they need help. She wasn't a pretty person and probably a drug addict. The hair was wild, the clothes shabby. However, she was quiet though a bit incoherent.
The woman needed something to eat though. It is my birthday and I'm not going to say no to someone who needed help. Kinda bad karma IMO.
She got a small cup of coffee though I said she could get large. While she is waiting for her Danish, a bakery worker comes out and tells her to leave.
I say "That's ok. She's with me. I'm buying her something to eat".
The worker says in a really annoyed tone "We would rather you NOT do that".
I say "It is my birthday. I'm buying $30 of birthday cake here and if I can't buy this woman breakfast on my birthday I'll take my business elsewhere".
She gives me a dirty look and walks off. Happy Birtday to me.
I know this part of the city has a homeless problem. Still, she just looked bad. She wasn't bothering anyone and, through me she was a paying customer.
And ... I think bakery worker should not have confronted me and told me not to buy soemthing for this woman. She should have let it drop after I said the woman was with me and I was buying.
I always thought that phrase just meant if you were causing problems they could refuse service. It seems some businesses will do tha based on the way you look or many other reasons.
I drove off and the woman was outside the bakery looking a bit confused about what to do next. She just stood there staring at the coffee and Danish in her hands.