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Unfortunately, The Penny Dropped

, , , , , | Right | June 13, 2020

I am a passenger on a bus which is packed to the point of being standing-room-only. A petite woman gets on and drops her change as she tries to find a place to stand. I am about to squat down to get it when a man next to me, who has a tiny bit more elbow room, reaches down instead.

Woman: “Thanks…”

Before she could finish thanking him, the man checked the coin’s denomination and shoved it into his pocket. He was so close that he could not fail to be looking at the woman the whole time as he did so.

Woman & Me: “…”

After a few seconds, it became clear that this wasn’t a joke. He had blatantly stolen her change right in front of her. Not wanting to start a fight on a packed and already late service, I pulled out what I thought was the right amount of money from my wallet and handed it over to her so she was now out of pocket thanks to his idiocy.

The guy glared at me, possibly because I didn’t drop any more change for him to scoop up.

Seriously, mate, if you ever read this, if you are so poor you have to resort to stealing dropped change on the bus, maybe you should stop spending your cash on expensive mirror shades, a fancy new iPod, and flashy silver necklaces.