Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
A friend and I took our wives on a photo safari to The Plant City Strawberry Festival yesterday. We met in a large parking lot shared by a Hooters and a McDonald's. We left my car, and rode in his. After dark, when we returned, I noticed a few people chatting behind a car a few spaces away.
As I was transferring my camera and tripod to my trunk, we were approached by man on a bicycle. He interrupted our goodbyes and began talking. My wife and my friend saw the “pan-handle “ coming and my wife quickly got in the car while my friend turned and said, “God Bless” before he too, got in his car.
I asked, “You after money?”
He began telling me how he hadn’t worked in several weeks and was looking for money so he could eat. I guess I’m a soft touch, and he seemed sincere so I pulled out my money clip and leafed through a few bills until I found a ”fiver”. When I handed it to him; he said, “There’s a Chinese buffet up the road and I could get all I want for $7”.
I was caught off guard for a few seconds and finally, pointing at the group of people a few parking spaces away, I said, “Maybe you could get a couple of bucks from them”.
His demeanor immediately became sour and he began rolling away on his bike grumbling under his breath. It became clear to me that he now thought I was some kind of an asshole!
He went off in the opposite direction from the other people so I assumed he had already hit them up. When he was about 10 feet away, I said in a loud voice, “You’re welcome!”.
Any of you have pan-handle stories?