After Bug and I filled our cups, we went to the counter where this lady was digging change out of the bottom of her purse. She already had about 3 piles of coins on the counter and I didn't know how much more she needed.
Being the helpful person I
WELL... did she ever get offended!!!
She snapped her head around and said to me, "What is THAT for? I'm not POOR. I don't need CHARITY!". Then she looked at the cashier and said "GIVE HER BACK HER DOLLAR!"
I was so embarrassed! I told her, "Sorry! I didn't mean to offend you. I was only trying to help if you needed it."
She didn't say a word. She just snatched up her purchases and walked out the door without even looking in my direction.
Bug's eyes were huge. She didn't understand what she had just witnessed.
I told her some people are extremely sensitive when it comes to money and the perception that they don't have any. I told her we DID do the right thing, and to offer to help someone does not always end that way. Most people are thankful and will thank you even while they are saying they don't need the help.
I was so embarrassed and it has bothered me since it happened. But what can I do?