I wondered how many of you have been asked by someone for money during your stay in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. This past week while we were at Wal Mart in Sevierville, we were approaced by two different couples driving through the parking lot asking for money.
Each one gave a story about needing a few dollars. The first said they needed just 10 more dollars to be able to get a motel room. They had two small children in the car, but had a local tag.
The next time we were there, another couple said they needed a few dollars for gas money (local tag again). The odd thing is that the second couple also approached us at Ace Hardware in Gatlinburg a few days later with the same story. Each time, the couple drove up, said excuse me, and then said something about how they hated to ask for help, but they really needed money. The wife each time protested as if she were embarrassed as the husband asked us for money.
When the second couple approaced us for the second time, my husband commented to the husband that it seemed this might be a way of life for them to make money and the husband quickly pulled off. We then saw them in the Food City parking lot cruising around asking other people for money.
I guess you could call us cynical, but we both thought that some people may have found a way to get a little extra money by telling tourists they are down on their luck. I guess a few dollars per person adds up if you are driving around asking people all day at various stores. I think most people feel guilty if they don't give a few dollars. We normally would, but both of these situations didn't seem 'right'- something about each one made us suspicious that the couples were being dishonest.
I do know that there are people who get in a situation and need to ask for money and we have helped many people out, but for some reason, neither my husband, nor I felt these couples' needs were genuine. We both felt they were taking advantage of people.
Anyone else have a smiliar experience in the area?