Riding public transit, it's pretty common to see people asking for change. Some of them are dirty, smelly, and you're not really sure when the last time was that they had a roof over their heads. Some of them look like college kids who maybe forgot their wallets that day. Some of them tell you heartbreaking stories, and some of them will simply say they want to buy a burger or to ride the train back home.
I try to treat each of them with respect; although, I typically will not give them cash. if I have an extra water or something like that, then I gladly hand it over. I try to smile at each person I see regardless of what they look like (and maybe that's why I have so many adventures on the train!)
One very early morning, I was standing at the station waiting for the train when a man approached me. He said, "Excuse me."
I smiled at him and waited for his story of why he wanted money. Instead, he said, "Do you need some change?"
Me: Um, no, thank you.
Him: Are you sure? (He holds out his hand, and it has some coins in it.) You can have this if you want it.
Me: I'm good. Thanks, anyway.
Him: OK, if you're sure. (He walks away.)
I didn't see him offer anyone else any money. So, I wasn't exactly sure what to think of it. Either he thought I was homeless or maybe he was flirting. I guess I'll never know.