Are you bothered when you eat in a fastfood chain and looking outside the glass window, you'll see a bunch of street kids looking back at you?
I AM. This is perhaps the most disturbing and haunting experience everytime I eat at Jollibee or McDonalds.
The other day, after hours of rummaging around Palanca St. and Hidalgo St. (canvassing for a new equipment), I decided to take my lunch at Jollibee (there's not much of a choice unless you want to eat at Mini Stop). I always opt to sit near the window glass to see the view. As I was starting to take a hungry bite, I saw a bunch of kids near my glass window. They weren't asking for food or anything, they were just looking. It's like a muted scene from a movie. Inside my world was the noisy sound of the fastfood chain, crew shouting customers' orders, kids laughing with their parents, parents feeding their puffed up kids. And at the other side of this glass window, are these skinny, dirty kids, looking back at us. A muted scene that could never get to me.
Suddenly, the hungry bite turned into this lump of food trapped inside my esophagus...I can't make it down. I've been in this situation before but it never gets easier the second time or the third time around. I wonder what they think of people like me.