A Little Cash in Hand General Nonsense 21 JUL 2008

Cash in HandSo I did my good deed for the day/month/year. Seeing as varsity started in full swing this morning, I am once again relegated to parking on middle campus and walking up because I am to cheap to buy a parking disc which I would hardly ever use.

The drive into Cape Town was fine enough, but pulling through middle campus just after 06:00 am, I came across a middle-aged white guy gesturing madly for me to stop. Scoping the situation out, I decided that it would be okay to hear the guy out and so pulled up and enquired as to what was wrong.

The guy explained that his Opel had broken down further along the road and would it be okay if he used my phone to call someone to help him out. Seeing as I was a lot taller and bigger than him, I agreed to his request and listened in as the poor chap phoned three buddies to help him out, all three of which fell through (two of which was stuck with car problems themselves believe it or not).

So that avenue down the drain, the bloke then asked if I didn’t perhaps have some cash on me for the train as he wasn’t carrying any on him. It was at this point that I simply apologised, said I don’t carry cash on me and drove off again, leaving him to flag down the driver behind me, in the hopes that they would help him out.

Now obviously it was a little white lie because I probably did have some cash I could loan the guy, but it annoyed me that someone wouldn’t have any cash on them in the first place, particularly for emergencies like this which he had now obviously placed himself in.

Seriously though. Just leave a little bit of cash for when you might need it lying around. I don’t care, hide it in the cubby hole or put it in the boot, but I really don’t feel like hearing the excuse that you don’t have any cash on you when you obviously should have been thinking a little ahead in the first place.

Hmm. I wonder if any of his buddies did come help him out in the end then…?

Update: Chantelle has demanded that I re-word this post, because as she likes to point out, exactly what good deed did I do? Instead, I should call it my evil deed for the day/month/year. Oops, guess I really aren’t a nice person after all. Hopefully karma doesn’t bite too hard!

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.