Tuesday: May 9th on Fillmore, corner of Sacramento.
Time: 4 in the pm. I see a photo op I can't resist; an older woman
holding a beautiful little tyke on her lap. I move in on the prey
sitting on the bench in front of Peet's coffee.
I take a couple of shots almost right on top
of her when a homeless person comes up to me and asks for some
change. It's not a cold day but he has on a filthy heavy coat
and is generally a mess. He tells me that Peet’s won't let
him in the joint, so he asks me to go in and get him "a coffee
and banana bread." The woman holding the baby, without missing
a beat, digs into her purse and hands me 2 one dollar bills.
I am taken back by this generosity since she
was not, up to this moment, even involved with his request. I
go into Peets and a coffee is poured and I then ask for banana
bread. "We’re out of banana bread!" I go out and
tell him that they don't have any banana bread and asked him for
his next choice. He tells me that he either will take "a
pineapple or a marble cake."
I go in again only to be told that they are
"out" of both of these choices and once again I go out
and break the news to him. I'd like to see if we can wrap this
asks me if I would walk down to the coffee joint at Fillmore and
California Streets as they carry "banana" cake. He has
some physical problems and must hang on to me for support. I'm
not thrilled with this turn of events as he is filthy. Just as
we head down the hill, he has a change of heart and gives me back
the $2! He then says he wants $1 back for the bus.
I gave it to him and then handed him the other
dollar which was given to me by the lady with the baby. He rejects
the offer! I try pushing the dollar on him, but he keeps on refusing
to take it.
We all go our separate ways and a block or
so later I realize that I walked away with the woman's dollar.