You are walking down the street in New York City with $10 of disposable income in your pocket. You come to a corner with a hot dog vendor on one side and a beggar on the other. The beggar looks like he’s been drinking; the hot dog vendor looks like an upstanding citizen. How, if at all, do you distribute the $10 in your pocket, and why?
I suggest reading the whole thing, but here are my two favorite responses. This is Mark Cuban’s in its entirety:
I keep the money in my pocket and keep walking because I have no reason to just hand over money on a street corner.
Thanks for not playing! I guess he hasn’t read Tyler’s new book yet. This from Barbra Ehrenreich is also good:
And before anyone virtuously offers him a hot dog, they should reflect on the possibility that the beggar is a vegetarian or only eats kosher or Hallal meat.
Because for Ehrenreich, beggars really can be choosers.