No it’s not, said the other kids.
Yes it is, he insisted. They’re rich and they’re just pretending to be poor.
It's not illegal, I said, though maybe what you're saying is that you don't know who you can trust when they tell you something?
No, it's illegal.
Really, I didn't know that, I said as if I were genuinely curious. Who said that?
My dad told me, he said proudly.
Then I said, as if in afterthought, How many rich people do you think sit on the street in the cold and ask for money?
One, he said.