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Old 04-10-10, 01:18 PM
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people think i am poor

i find that when i go to my local deli and sit on a bench and eat my fifty cent bag of chips with my old bike that sometimes people come out of the deli and offer to give me food.
does anyone else experience this. apparantly me with my old bike engenders some sort of poverty.
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Do you take it?
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Eh, you can't worry about what people think. My co-workers think I'm nuts for commuting six to twelve miles a day on a bike. Meanwhile, most of them drive and spend more time looking for parking than my whole commute takes!
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Do you take it?
one time a woman handed me a bag of chips and said enjoy. i felt i would make her feel like she did a good deed for the day and took the chips.
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Old 04-10-10, 01:56 PM
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I'd be inclined to take them up on the offer

If it bothers you, buy one of those hi-viz jackets or vests. Believe me, no one will talk to you.
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Ride around in head-to-toe Dior from now on.
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Old 04-10-10, 03:31 PM
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Well, that sort of begs the question... how do you dress? If you dress in ratty old clothes then maybe they think you need a handout.
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Well, that sort of begs the question... how do you dress? If you dress in ratty old clothes then maybe they think you need a handout.
i dress in normal clothes i just think that i use an old bike to get around makes me look poor
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You should spread a bandana on the gorund and people will probably throw money on it.
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I wish people would come to me with offerings. If they did and insisted, I would drop them off with a guy who is really in need. Instead, people compliment me on my bike and/or panniers.
I sometimes think people look down on cyclists who don't wear spiffy cycling gear. The cyclists in fact, may be wealthy and multi-property owners. A book should never be judged by its cover.
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Originally Posted by travelmama View Post
I wish people would come to me with offerings. If they did and insisted, I would drop them off with a guy who is really in need. Instead, people compliment me on my bike and/or panniers.
I sometimes think people look down on cyclists who don't wear spiffy cycling gear. The cyclists in fact, may be wealthy and multi-property owners. A book should never be judged by its cover.
That's the west coast. In the rest of the country, they pretty much look down on all cyclists, but especially those who wear cycling gear.
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People only think/assume I'm poor if they take the time to try and talk to me, cuz the first thing they assume is DUI. The rest of them just think I'm a damn nuisance, being "in their way", and all....

I like to watch them waddle away, knowing I could whup them and their kids on a bike any day of the week. And I don't even RACE!
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I happen to think there's some truth in the bicycle being the poor man's motorcar. When people see homeless using bicycles for transportation, everyone gets branded into this group. As a result, an adult riding a bicycle is considered too poor to afford a used car and can't afford the bus.
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Old 04-11-10, 09:28 AM
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People do think adults on bicycle have some type of issue. I know when gas prices were high nobody wondered anything seeing a cyclist. I enjoy cycling and people are always commenting thats its a nice day to ride but I know most people are too lazy to ride.
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I get things like this sometimes. One time in the grocery store a local newspaper reporter sought me out to interview me about how the recent recession was impacting the homeless. It took me a couple of beats to figure out what was going on. The really funny thing is that the reporter had been a student in one of my classes (I am a college professor) a couple of years before. She was mortified, but it became funny quickly. One of the many joys of living in a small town!

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Most people think I don't have money or am semi-indigent, they couldn't be further from the truth. I just live a low profile, thrifty life style. As a bonus I could really care less what people think of me. I let my actions towards others speak for themselves.

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Sometimes people do things that seem to make no sense. A guy in a store once gave me & my lady companion a block of cheese. He just waved us through the checkout line and said go ahead, take it, no charge. I asked, are you the store manager? and he said yes. I'm still not quite sure he was telling the truth about that, ha. I've never been able to make any sense of that incident.
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Originally Posted by acorn54 View Post
i find that when i go to my local deli and sit on a bench and eat my fifty cent bag of chips with my old bike that sometimes people come out of the deli and offer to give me food.
does anyone else experience this. apparantly me with my old bike engenders some sort of poverty.
Your post makes me think of one of my favourite fado songs: Não é desgraça ser pobre. There is no shame in being poor.
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People really don't confuse me as being poor, with the little amount of money need to purchase, operate, and maintain a bicycle as compared to motor vehicle expenses, my bike and I are pretty much both high end fashion statements.
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Are you eating anything other than the chips? If you look scruffy (even if your clothes are "normal"), you're riding a battered old bike, and you buy nothing but a bag of chips, I could see how some people might get the impression you're poor/homeless/etc.
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Are you eating anything other than the chips? If you look scruffy (even if your clothes are "normal"), you're riding a battered old bike, and you buy nothing but a bag of chips, I could see how some people might get the impression you're poor/homeless/etc.
Oh, I suppose I am not the snappiest dresser. But I doubt I look homeless. And if they actually stopped to look at most of my bikes, I think that even to a non-cyclist it would be pretty obvious that it is not an X-mart bomber.

I pretty much look and dress the same everywhere I go, and its only on the bike around town that anyone mistakes me for a bum. So, its the bike itself, I think.

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Most people haven't a clue what the difference between a good bike and a crap bike is. If they did, X-mart bikes would be higher quality and more expensive.

Speaking as someone who looks pretty scruffy himself at times, you look pretty scruffy in that picture.

I'm sticking to my previous supposition.
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Originally Posted by acorn54 View Post
i find that when i go to my local deli and sit on a bench and eat my fifty cent bag of chips with my old bike that sometimes people come out of the deli and offer to give me food.
does anyone else experience this. apparantly me with my old bike engenders some sort of poverty.
What?? Oh man - don't be insulted, i would take those chips. They're trying todo something nice, maybe they just want their local cyclist to feel appreciated. Maybe they just hate chips.



The down side is if you really do look like a homeless man help will be less forth coming if you get into an accident. Another poster had this happen to him. Getting service would be harder also.
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As far as I know, nobody has ever mistaken me for a homeless person due to my being a cyclist, but it has happened to me under different circumstances.

I used to play snare drum in a bagpipe band and at lunchtime, would often taken my sticks and practice pad to the park near my office, and hammer away for 30 minutes or so on whatever tune I was learning at the time. One sunny day in November, a very nice lady stood in front of me, with her hands on her knees and in that sing-song voice people often use when talking to small children and simpletons said "Hello, how are you? Do you have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving?" She must have thought I was busking.

I didn't have the heart to tell her that I was hosting dinner for 12 people so I just smiled and explained that yes, I was all set. The thing is, I was wearing my office clothes and while Armani they ain't, I didn't think I looked that scruffy.

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Motorists have thrown loose change out the window as they passed me...way more insulting than being offered food by someone with a good heart who wanted to help...but that's just my $0.02
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