|Poor Goblin is being held hostage!|
Several shoppers, including me, stood looking out the windows of the local supermarket. We discussed the concept of being hostages by our own lack of willpower. Yikes! It's true.
There is a person who hangs around the shopping center from before daylight until after sundown. The individual's memory is not good. The person's been known to approach others several times within an hour to ask for a ride, money, cigarettes, and work. I gave up some food one day and within 15 minutes was chased down and asked for food again.
The result is that once the person's spotted, people feel as though they are hostages because they don't dare go outside to be a target. Thus, we waited and mentioned that we feel guilty for avoiding the person. It's hard to say "no" even when we aren't able to comply with the request.
The person isn't threatening and doesn't get upset when told "no". This individual told me Social Security pays about $850 every month. Rent is free, but cigarettes take up a lot of the money. The person sees nothing wrong with asking for money to support the habit.
Is there an easier way to say no without feeling guilty? Am I subject to hiding out in the various stores at the center until the coast is clear? How would you handle this situation?