I am a little upset tonight while remembering an incident in Bourke Street Mall in town today. I don't give beggars money but they are human beings and if not harassing people, then let them ply their silent begging trade and respect them as not fitting terribly well into society and our generally materialistic society.
I did not see his face but I saw that he was wearing a suit. As he passed by a sleeping, presumably homeless person, who had his dog cuddled up to him, he flung a twenty cent piece at the sleeping bloke's face and the guy woke up, as did his dog in alarm. The sleeper called out bastard at the suit who was by then well past.
Australia has a reasonable social security system that is almost ok, but can be wanting in some areas. It is arguable that no one needs to live on the streets, but many do. We can ignore people sleeping on the streets with a fairly clear conscience.
But what that bloke did today was plainly cruel and nasty. Why are people like that? Maybe there had been an incident I don't know about? If there wasn't, it was just so nasty.