Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

I was shopping this week and a guy came over to me asking for money. He gave me a card with the letters in sign language on the back and it asks for a donation. I have no problem supporting different causes. What I do not like is when people pretend to be something they are not. I happen to know a little sign language and he happened to know a lot less. ( I used to use sign language to amuse my students when we were waiting in line for lunch.)

Yes, I am sure he was not hearing impaired. He was outside with his buddy carrying on a conversation.  His friend was not facing him and he was responding to his friend’s questions.  I think it is rude to scam people. It makes people not want to help those who truly need help.

So what did I sign? I signed No, thank you I want more milk. It was the first thing I thought of since I am working on baby sign with our youngest. He got the hint and moved on.

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  1. says

    Awesomne Renae!
    I, too, sign and have many hearing impaired friends and I would have been HOT! I probably would have called him out! That would make me soo mad!
    Good for you that you did that! I don’t give to panhandlers, generally, but I would have been more inclined to give to a hearing impaired person because of my involvement with them!
    Good for you!


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