Back in 2009, when the photo below was taken, the housing market had crashed and different groups were being bailed out by the government for one reason or the other. So when I encountered this flock of birds standing in a parking lot, waiting for cars to drive up and give them a bailout too, I sighed. What happened to the concept of working and searching for your own food?
The birds glared at me because I was obviously not prepared to meet their needs. But luckily, while I was sitting there contemplating the error of my ways, another car pulled into the parking lot. At that point, all of the birds simultaneously turned their focus towards the new arrival (completely forgetting about me).
The occupant of that car knew exactly what he was supposed to do. Perhaps it was a daily routine, because he looked experienced. He stepped out of his car with a plastic bag filled with bread crumbs, pulled a handful out, and threw it at the birds. They didn’t even have to move a feather. When a chunk of bread landed at their feet, they simply gobbled it up, and yelled for more. It was apparent that they expected to be waited on, beak, wing, and webbed foot.
A few minutes later, the man got back into his car and drove away. So the begging birds quickly turned their attention back towards me again, with cold looks that could burn a hole through solid stone. At that point, I decided the safest thing to do was to take one more photo through the car window and then go back home.