Only yesterday afternoon I was stopped on the sidewalk by a young, attractive, well-spoken and well-dressed woman and asked if I could help her put together cab fare. I'm usually an easy touch, but this was the third time in less than two weeks that I had been approached by someone young, well-spoken, etc. and asked for a handout. So I gave her a polite brush-off. I figured I looked like a kindly old gentlemen with more than enough cash on hand to help a pretty young thing out. But I wonder if this is some sort of trend in the making.