I was waiting for the bus the other night when a fairly young guy approached me, drunk, asking for money. I told him no, sorry. He was upset, went away and then a minute later came back and started yelling at me, saying I was a f***ing immigrant and that this country gave me everything and now I would not even repay it by giving him 50p.
I felt humiliated. Ashamed. I didn’t even know how to react or what to say. So I put my headphones back and tried not to cry.
I felt angry but I didn’t want to hit back because that didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to humiliate him either. He was not right. I repay it by working and paying taxes. I give money to charities. But I’m sorry I’m not giving money to someone who is drunk and asking for money.
It didn’t feel OK not to say anything. It is also not right to just stay silent and forbear the injustice and humiliation.
It really did hurt me.


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