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“Beautiful” Elevator Pitch Fails

March 10, 2019

As we emerged from a Boston parking garage last week, a panhandler attempted to catch my interest with an elevator pitch.

“Sir, you have a beautiful daughter.”

It was too cold to pay much attention and I wasn’t sure I heard what he said, but Chriss -- my wife, not my daughter -- confirmed it.

OK, she’s petite and it was dark out, but using a line that brings out my age insecurity in expectation of payment resulted in said panhandler being as destitute as he was before we passed him.

It struck me as a poor elevator pitch, unless he meant Chriss to be his target. She’s less than a year younger than me!

“He must be high,” I told her.