Yesterday afternoon, yet again, I found myself in Walgreens on Madison Avenue here in Covington. It seems like I’ve been fighting this cold I have for weeks. I walked up there to get yet another box of tissue to blow my damn nose with.
Entering the store, I saw this man that I see all over Covington. He’s older, fairly well dressed and doesn’t appear to me to be homeless. Yet the man is always asking for change. I always think of him as “The Change Man.”
Inside Walgreens, he was standing close to the ATM which is to the left as you enter the store. I always say hello to the guy and did this time too.
I got my box of tissues which was a little over two bucks. I gave the cashier three dollars and he gave me my change and my receipt. As I was walking out of the store, the Change Man, standing by the ATM, approached me.
“Can I have your change?” he asked. When Change Man approaches me on this subject, sometimes I say yes, sometimes I say no. This time I said “No.”
As I left the store, I hear him ask the person behind me in line at Walgreens for her change too. Yeah, there was a pattern here.
I hung around outside Walgreens just to see how long the employees who work there would put up with this type of thing. Within five minutes, I watched a Walgreens employee escort Change Man out.
It’s getting pretty bad when people start approaching others for change inside a store and what would Change Man do if someone wanted to use the ATM—ask for part of their withdrawal?
I took my box of tissues, went home and blew my damn nose.
(Photo found on Google)