I have a "what would you do" question for anyone that would like to share.
Tiny bit of background: I am a Christian. I believe in helping others, especially when it is clear they are struggling.
The story: After I came home from dropping Ethan off at school, I realized we forgot to send his library book back which was due today, so I turned right back around to take it to him.
Afterwards, I decided I'd go through the McDonald's drive-thru for a super healthy breakfast for me and the girl. As we were approaching the window, a woman started walking towards my car. Her clothes were kind of rough looking, she had a hood on, and the first thing I noticed about her was she seemed "off". Maybe drugs? Drinking? Not sure, but that was my first impression. Anyhow, she approaches my window and states that she just got out of the hospital (she showed me her bracelet) and got jumped last night by someone who "wanted to poke out her eyeballs" (I can't make this stuff up, folks!) and now she was out of gas and needed money to get home. I asked her if she called the police. She said yes, they caught the attempted eye ball snatcher. But now she was stranded in a McDonald's parking lot. She gestured over to her van, where an equally rough looking woman was in the drivers seat.
I literally had $7 cash in my wallet, which I intended to use on my super healthy breakfast with my daughter. I lied, apologized, and told her I didn't have any cash, then I wished her well, told her to take care, and drove away.
Then I felt uber guilty. I had other means of giving her money. Would $10 really have hurt? I feel like I missed a good opportunity to give. Who knows if her story was true or not (her eyeballs were perfectly intact, with no signs of attempted removal) but she didn't look like she had a very easy life.
Would you have given her money? If not, why?