Every weekday morning at 6:15 am a man stands on a corner a few blocks down from my apartment waiting for his bus. I seem him regularly when I leave my place for the day or on the way back from a run. He is often courteous, responding warmly to my “good morning” greeting when we pass each other.
He usually wears a white over-sized t-shirt, a baseball cap, shorts, white sneakers and white crew-length socks. Although this monotonous outfit doesn’t seem all that strange in July, I was puzzled when it was all he wore it in January. Heading out for a 20 degree run, I donned multiple layers of clothing, mittens, and a stocking cap. He had on a t-shirt and shorts. I would see his shivers (convulsions) as he waited for the bus in the dark with no coat.
I assumed he was simply too poor to afford such necessities as a winter coat (or knee-high socks for that matter), but over the months I’ve noticed that his brand-name shoes remain unstained and the bling around his neck is always present. How can a person appear so poor, yet afford designer attire?