Street inquirers

Around the South Loop where Columbia is located, there are a lot of folks hanging around and they’re always asking me lots of questions. It’s pretty curious.

“Do you have a dollar?” they ask. “Hey, you got a quarter?” they say.

“Uh, yeah, I do,” I say. “I usually try to have a little money in my pocket for lunch or in case of an emergency or something.”

Why are they so interested in how much money I have? I wonder if the IRS is putting the homeless to work snooping on people. Maybe those are adding machines in those brown paper bags they carry around all the time.