SHOESHINE BUM

The Shoeshine Bum is looking for handouts. I’m not in the mood today so I pretend I don’t see him.

“Shoe shine?”

“No thank you.”

He pauses dramatically. “It’s my birthday. Today. You know.”

The customers dig around their pockets for change, but it’s always the Shoeshine Bum’s birthday.

And he can’t shine shoes.