Last night there was a knock at my door.
A young (19-24) girl was at my door and she appeared to be in some distress. She was talking away at 90-miles-a-minute in French and I could not understand a word she was saying.
Eventually I hear her ask for a glass of water. I double-checked and, yes, she asked for a glass of water.
So I go inside the house to get her a glass of water.
She follows me inside. Warning bells are going off in my head.
As I'm pouring her a glass of water, she has slowed down now and I can understand bits of what she's saying.
She's asking me if I'm alone. Now the warning bells are SCREAMING in my head and I'm trying to see if anyone else is following her inside.
Before I respond, she says in very broken English, "Me...I'm escort. You interest?"
Even if I had the money on me, I would have had no interest. She was very young and looked a little "scruffy". No telling what she might have had.
I politely decline and she says she lives in Terrebonne and she's trying to make money to get home.
(at least she's offering to work for it instead of just asking for a hand-out).
I pull out the only thing in my wallet, a $20 bill, and I hand it to her. It won't get her to Terrebonne from the South Shore but if she takes the bus to the Metro, and the metro to Laval, she might make it from there.
Her eyes go wide as she's shocked that I'm just GIVING her money and her voice cracks and she almost starts to cry as she's thanking me.
As I watched her hobble away in heels that she can barely stand up in, let alone walk in, I think that she's going to have to learn how to walk in those if she's going to stay in this business.
As near as I can figure, she's a girl down on her luck just starting out and has no clue what she's doing. From the way she was dressed and the way she (couldn't) walk in those shoes, it was pretty evident she had no clue what she was doing. Probably placed an ad online and used the last of her cash to get to the South Shore. Either the guy turned her away (which I can completely understand...she wasn't unattractive just looked a little sad and pathetic which isn't good for the libido) or she was lured out there on a fake appointment as a prank. Had no money to get home from there.
Horrible place to get stuck and try to find someone to "earn" some money off. My neighbourhood is all families or older couples. I'm about the only one in the area who MAYBE would have been interested (and even I wasn't, really).
Maybe she was just going door-to-door scamming money (but totally the wrong scam for my area) but all it cost me was $20 (the price of going out for a meal or a few drinks).
And if she was genuine, then I hope I helped her get home safe.
PS: She drank that water so fast, at least that part of the story was true.