Earning A CUC

We had a prime open air window seat for a quick lunch at Kilometro Zero when this young man came begging for money for refresco. I told him no, we were eating, but he would not go away.
He would back off a few meters, then approach and ask again. I was as forceful as I could be, but he would not leave.
On the sidewalk after lunch I flashed this youngster a CUC and told him he would have to earn it by posing for a photo. He seemed a little unsure, but I got him across the street into some better light and snapped a few images. Robert was translating on the fly and told the young man he was earning the money and it was not a handout. I suppose he bought a cold drink because it was very hot, but at that point it was his money.

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5 thoughts on “Earning A CUC”

  1. Love this story and wonderful portrait!

    On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM, mstevensphotography wrote:

    > mstevensphotography posted: “We had a prime open air window seat for a > quick lunch at Kilometro Zero when this young man came begging for money > for refresco. I told him no, we were eating, but he would not go away. He > would back off a few meters, then approach and ask again. I was a” >

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