I suggested paying a homeless person to hold our spot in line, but that would be like searching for a clean needle in a haystack of heroin addicts. Many are mentally ill or on hardcore drugs. I wasn’t sure how I’d explain the situation or have them blend in and stay all night. The H&M security was really tight watching everyone in line.
Time was ticking, the line was growing and temperatures were dropping. I gave up. As we drove around the corner, I’m pretty sure what happened next can only be described as fashion fate. We pulled up to a stop light at Market Street and saw a man on the corner holding a cardboard sign that read, “My car got towed, trying to get gas money to go to Portland. Stranded in SF…Anything HELPS.”
With the urging of my brother and friend Gigi, I rolled down my window and asked, “Are you planning to spend tonight in San Francisco?” He said he that he was until he had more money.
“Well uh, there’s a BIG line for H&M tonight and we were wondering if we could pay you to hold our spot? But only if you wanted to…”. Before I could say more he said, “Yea, I’ll do it. How much?”
“How about $50?” and he said “Ok, I’ll meet you up there.“
We pulled around the block to park and he was already in line sitting with his backpack. His name was Jeffrey. Security stamped our hands and I gave him $20 and said we’d pay the rest in the morning. We talked for a bit and asked if he wanted anything. He was well spoken, friendly, funny and very polite.
Jeffrey had fallen on hard times and was sleeping on the streets after working as a self-employed bike messenger for years in Portland, OR. He asked for socks because his feet were cold from standing in the rain all day. We gave him a jacket, socks and brought him pizza later which was the only place open, although he requested rice because he tries to stay away from greasy food.
My friends and I were going out a few blocks away so we told him we’d be back every couple hours to check in. While chatting, another homeless man walking down the line was begging for change. As he asked us for money, Jeffrey turned his head and said to him, “No man, I’m working right now.”
He told us he’s hates panhandling and would rather be doing something, even just waiting in line, to earn cash. When we came back at 3 am, he was reading the NY Times after getting back from a quick jog around Union Square.
We told him we’d be back at 6 am and would bring him breakfast and coffee. “Actually, I really try to avoid coffee,” he said. “I don’t like high levels of caffeine level in my body, Gatorade would be good. Orange or grape please,” he added. What a healthnut, huh? 🙂
I bought something to Give to one of you…
The bracelet comes inside this cute Versace box (inlcuded)
Winner receives this SOLD OUT gold medallian chain bracelet by Versace for H&M
(selling for $129 on Ebay now, ugh)
I’m also including this big Versace for H&M gift bag (only size they had) for the winner
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