I took the family to Northampton tonight, the hippie capital of Western Massachusetts, and there was some First World begging going on in front of Faces. Two zaftig girls were sitting on the sidewalk, reading paperbacks and smoking. Near their iced coffees was a sign reading "Please help - any amount accepted."
It breaks my cold, cold heart to see people settle for an iced latte instead of a caffe machiatto.
I should have snapped a cellphone picture.