Am I a horrible person for telling this lady to take a hike?


Last night it snowed 1/2-1″ at my house.  However, today it’s fairly sunny. The sidewalks are clean and clear, as is the road. But my driveway has some snow on it.

This afternoon around 11:30 AM I hear a loud, ‘there’s a fire!’-like knock at the door. Immediately following the knock, a solid doorbell ring. There stands an old lady around 5 feet tall, wearing a thin blue jacket.  She also had thin, somewhat scraggly hair and didn’t have the best of apperances. 
Here’s how the conversation went:

Me:”Can I help you?”

Lori:”Hi My names Lori” (Extends hand)

Me:”Hi Lori what can I do for you?” (hesistantly shakes hand)

Lori:”I’m trying to earn some money I was wondering if I could shovel your drive way, and you can decide what it’s worth”

At this point, I’ll admit here on the blog that I went into standard solictor reactionary mode. I wasn’t thinking. My immediate response:

Me:“I’m sorry, not today”

Lori:”Okay thanks” (As she turns away and takes off)

What the crap… “I’m sorry, not today?”. What, like come back another day? I have no idea what I was thinking. It was like my instinct to kick people to the curb just took over and I essentially didn’t even hear what the lady said.

To be fair, I don’t think I had any cash anyway. I called my wife 10 minutes after just to tell her about it, and she told me we might have had a few dollars slipped away somewhere in a random place or two. I didn’t know that at the time, but I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t thinking about that when I told her to beat it.Also, as far as I could tell, there was no shovel. Now I could be wrong, maybe she put it up against my garage, or maybe she intended on asking me to get one for her. Who knows.

Regardless, I feel crappy about it. I wouldn’t have felt right having an old lady shovel my driveway. Maybe I should’ve just given her some dough? Is this just a new scam? Instead of “will work for food”, refusing to work if you actually offer work? Or did I totally blow it? I feel like I kinda blew it.

What would you have done? Am I the worst person ever?

Comments definitely welcome.