Oct 2009 30
Fri October 30, 2009 01:55:51 pm
ok, I admit I just moved to this area 2 months ago from the suburbs and I'm naive. As a white 40-something from Dublin, CA, I have been enjoying the diversity and the contact with people on the street which I never had before. I helped a blind lady cross the street the other day....so when we were at the north-bound bus stop today at about 2:30 pm near San Pablo and 20th where I had just applied for welfare since I have been unemployed for 7 months and you asked to use my phone I gave it to you, always happy to help. When you hung up and I put my hand out, you snapped my phone shut and put it in your pocket and started to cross 4 lanes of traffic on San Pablo - and I RAN after you. "Give me my phone back!" I pleaded and you muttered with a sort of evil smile "I'm gonna rob you". I was right behind you half-expecting you to shoot me (I am in Oakland after all chasing a black robber...) still pleading. Then you said "Give me a dollar for bus fare". This seemed like an unlikely trade so I offered $10. You said "Gimme $20". I said fine but we have to do the exchange at the same time. You held out your left hand and I put the $20 in it with my right and took my phone into my left hand from your right. We exchanged. Then I ran back to the bus stop just as the (wrong) bus arrived and I got on and cried all the way down San Pablo to my home in Berkeley. I had $30 to my name (hence my being at the welfare office) and now I have $10. You were handsome, young, tall and strong. I have a son your age. I trusted you. I really hope you had a burger or something. You sucked the kindness out of me. I guess sadly, someone had to....