There’s a new cheating trend I’ve noticed lately at the subway station.
There’s a few seconds delay at the turnstile after you’ve swiped the transit card to exit. And it’s just enough time for a quick footed-hoodlum to follow behind you and exit for free before the gate closes.
I’ve seen it happen several times now, especially when there aren’t too many riders at the turnstile.
Today was my turn. I approached the turnstile with transit card in hand and noticed out of the corner of my eye a tall, lanky, jeans-down-the-hips, baseball capped young man waiting for me to swipe my card.
No way, I thought.
I took a few paces back and looked at him.
In a flash he moved over to the next unsuspecting rider and followed behind her and got out for free. The maneuver was done in a blink of an eye. Talk about quick footed. He’s missed his calling. He should be a dancer.
I noticed he took the same path I take out of the station and we ended up at the same curb waiting for the light to change.
“Good morning,” I said looking up at him. He looked down at me from the corner of his eye.
“You think you can get away with cheating, but God sees everything you do, and you will have to give an account to him one day. Do you know that?”
“I wasn’t cheating,” he said.
“Really? What do you call what you just did in the station down there?” I asked.
“I paid for a ticket, it’s just I didn’t have money to add a fare to it,” he said.
“So robbing from somebody else’s ticket is okay?”
“Do you know who God is?” I asked.
“And what about the Lord Jesus Christ?”
“Well, you have some talking to do then,” I said.
The light had changed to green and it was time to cross.
While he shuffled away, I prayed for him.
In a way I was sorry for him, who knows what life he’s living.
On the other hand, I hope my words stung his conscience and he’ll think about them.
But probably not.
Talk to me.