Monday, June 18, 2007

So, during my day off, I just so happened to be standing and chilling at Pentagon City metro stop. While I was standing there, two teenagers, who were raising money for their high school, came up to me with what I guess was their sales pitch and it went like this: "excusemesircanyougivememoneyformyhighschoolfundraiserplease". I put my hand on his shoulder, and stopped him. I said look here champ, let me help you out, and he gave me this look that said get your hand off my shoulder, but I didn't move. I pulled out a $10(an ill advised move since i'm homeless with no things) and I said, I will donate this, but I need to give you a few tips. I said first of all, you MUST slow down, because I don't know what the hell you're talking about, and he starting laughing. I asked him how many people had given him money so far, and he said none. So I said to him, Wayne(that was his name), I'm going to give you three easy tips, and i guarantee folks will help you. i said first, turn your hat around(it was backwards). Then I said before you start talking, ask for names, extend your hand, and smile. Not a huge smile, just an affable one so that folks don't think you're a thug(he laughed again). And lastly, I told him to speak slowly but with confidence. He looked at me and said I was acting like his daddy..i looked at him right back and said man think of me as a consultant trying to make you some money(we're up to 3 laughs now). So after this mini-lesson, I purposely missed the train, so that I could watch him and his new found approach. He went up to 3 people, and two gave him money, and then afterwards he shook their hands and thanked them(something I forgot to throw in). My train came shortly thereafter, so I couldn't shake his hand, but we made eye contact, and I nodded, and he nodded back.

What good is it to be 32 years old, if you can't act like it every now and then right?

7 comments:

Sha said...

I see you
getting ya grown man on..

TM said...

Lemme find out you want to be a mentor to our youths ....awwwwwwww!

tia said...

aww rashad, that's so sweet.

Michell said...

I always wanted to do that but I never did. I'm impressed. I also think that whole school fundraiser thing is a scam, especially since school is out for the summer...but I could be wrong.

Quiet Riot said...

Interesting... I too made the slow down comment as I left the shoppers on Sunday. I also let the young man know he should give a reason behind the fund raiser, not just that it's a fund raiser. You added the mature young man touch with the handshake. Nice look my smooth brutha'.

LittleTortilla stays in DC said...

that was great.

Jo said...

Dayum RM . . .now this my friend is a beautiful thing! Sounds like to me, you were cut out to be a daddy! Either that or you are certainly in the wrong line of business - have you ever tried sales? LOL! ;o)