Thursday, March 24, 2005

Lunch Topic

Shi's not convinced...

Shi is my favorite lunch partner. Every time, without fail, I realised that she can smoke a cigarrete, drink teh ais and make fuck-you statements without a twitch, and I find it quite liberating. The lunch topic today include :

1. If dogs brutally attack a kid, is it fair to put the dogs to sleep? Her argument is that dogs often don't attack unless they feel threatened. And that it is their natural instinct to attack when they do feel so. In that case, she said, "It's all the kids damn fault. Padan muka."

2. When a blind man/woman walk pass you, is it a must that you give them money? Her argument is that you should donate out of your good heart. On the other hand, most people, fork out that measly 1 ringgit because they don't want the people sitting next to them to sneer. Plus, she added, "Why should I give them money when I am eating roti canai and then I see them spend my money on steak?"

I keep on eating. Always amused.


Blogger nais said...

it's amazing how blind people can swerve around plastic chairs in a crowded area without bumping into anyone..

we'd usually donate to the first blind person that comes up to our table. by the 5th one.. we're all sitting still and hoping "nope,nope, there's no one here at this table" goes through the blind person's head hahaha

happy belated birthday, muddy!

2:46 AM  
Blogger random-girl said...

ever try to hold out a note to a blind man and watch him grab it?

not so blind now is he? many of them are fakes. local social studies have shown that some actually earn RM100 or more a day (that's RM3000++ per month) - and it doesn't even get taxed! don't get me wrong, i'm all for charity, but only for those that are willing to help themselves, not those that smooch off the goodness of other peoples hearts.

so i'm the one who doesn't pull out my wallet when one of these comes along. UNLESS they're selling something i need (like tissues) or playing some music (even if it is banging away on a keyboard with not much rhythm).

but the others, i ignore. ok, sometimes i do have days when i may have a couple of coins i dispose into their hands, but this only happens when i have too many coins rattling annoyingly in my pocket and the beggers were simply a convenient coinbox.

sorry for the long comment, but i feel strongly against people who have to lie and cheat people for money. (yes i feel beggars are liars and cheaters) there are plenty of government and private institutions out there to help them learn skills and do something, but they choose to go around pretending they're blind, or worse, kidnapping/using some poor child as sympathy bait when that innocent child should be running around the playground or going to school...

3:52 AM  
Blogger random-girl said...

...and one more thing (sigh, yes i'm not done yet. you should never get me started on a topic i feel strongly about!)

once i was at some mamak place and this beggar comes around. i shake my head and turn him away and he got REAL angry. he started mouthing off God knows what, then he pointed his hand at me in the shape of a gun then went "bang! bang!"

ok. that sounds really funny. it is funny. but think about it. if that's his mental/moral state, imagine if he really had a weapon. you don't need a gun, a simple knife is enough to slice someone's jugular vein.

are these the kind of people we want to sympathise and give our money to?

4:11 AM  
Blogger Muddy said...

nais :

the "stay still" game works every damn time! lol. But, to think back, it actually quite mean, but hey, we're human...

and thanks for the bday wish! appreciate it.

random-girl :

it is really sad that there are people out there who could manipulate a very serious and sad condition, and profit from it. and it is disturbing that we are living in a time period where donating constitutes as being conned.

and point taken : children should never go around begging, especially in the middle of the night. what are the parent's thinking???

7:02 AM  
Blogger Pantani's 2nd Cousin said...

u cant blame the dog. its an animal. it follows its instinct. the issue is quite simple. follow the EU law. the OWNER is held fully responsible. the authorities should charge him with attempted murder.

12:35 AM  
Blogger kobis said...

Well, what attracts my attention about this particular dogs attack kids issues was that they were bringing the kid to 'identify' which was the culprit dogs responsible. They also going to identify which dogs has the same barking sounds. Hmmmm.....a poodle sound to a German shepard sound may be significantly identifibly different...but how's a German shepard to another German Shepard can sounded so different. Unless the kid managed to record the dog's voice before the attack and check out the frequency length and the desible noise that the dogs produce. Sounds like another case of CSI:Gombak....;-) some how it sounded so funnily different than it's counterpart, the CSI:Miami and CSI:New York...Now that's 'significantly identifibly different'....Hey we should go for that 'Aseana Vomiting Summit' this Wednesday k.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Muddy said...

theroadie :

I am all for charging the owner. but does it have to be severe as attempted murder?

I watched an Oprah episode where a little 8 year old kid faced the same ordeal. The owner of the two dogs were charged, and the dogs were also put to sleep. Above all, the kid was clearly still in shock, but what was most touching was how clearly sympathetic he was for the dogs who were put to sleep. He kept on saying, "I am sorry..."

Teary moments, it was...

4:16 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

kobis :

I was laughing out loud when I read your comment! How bizarrely true! I mean, will you be able to identify the exact dog that attacked you? perhaps if it was your neighbor's dog or a dog that you are familiar with, but a random dog?

perhaps you can identify the type of dog, but to pinpoint whether that was the exact random dog, that's just not possible. imagine if he said "that dog" and that dog is innocent...

*wow, i just read my comment to you, and i realised it is a really good tongue twister!*

4:22 PM  

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