Ryan Bray is always trying to be kind, especially to those in need. On his way home from work one Sunday, he ran into a panhandler begging for change on the street. He sees these beggars all the time because they’re so common where he lives.
Bray felt moved by the man’s story and decided to help him in a more substantial way than simply giving him some spare change. He offered the beggar $15/hour to come work for his family business so that he could get off the streets permanently.
The guy mocked Bray’s proposal. “Absolutely not!” the beggar cried. He couldn’t see why he would work for money when people were throwing loose change at him. Besides, the bum earned a lot more cash per hour than Bray was offering him.
Bray contemplated raising his cash bid, but then the man became menacing. It appeared as if Bray’s job proposition ignited fury in the beggar, feeding the flames of his idleness and endangering his perception of a “good life” where he is given money without having to work for it.
Bray, who stayed out of other people’s business normally, was offended by this outburst. He went home immediately to write up his own sign before heading back to the same street corner. There, he shamed the panhandler for being lazy and inactive.
Bray, who is generally kind-hearted, felt the urge to make this beggar suffer. That’s why he stood on the street with his sign that urged motorists NOT to give money to beggars.
“I offered him $15.00 an hour to do yardwork for me, and he refused. If we as a community stop paying them, they will leave our neighborhood!”
Bray, who was previously mentioned, decided to use the beggar’s insult as an opportunity to get people to stop giving money to people on the streets.
“He reached his arms inside my vehicle, resting them, and said, ‘Hey do you have any money?’ I said, ‘No, I have one better for you,’” Bray said.
Florida panhandlers, according to Bray, will “rape your mother and kill your wife” if they are not controlled. That is why he decided to take the sign down and talk about his experience with this beggar with his neighbors.