Last night I was walking downtown on my way to shoot an event when I was approached by 4 people, one of them carrying a Canon camera. She said that she was a "professional" who was going to shoot engagement photos of the couple, and the 4th was an assistant, but they had a problem...her camera batteries were dead. They wanted to borrow two batteries for the camera, and would bring them back to me in about 1/2 hour. Then she told me that she was shooting the couple's wedding in 2 months. I'm thinking, what a confidence boosting experience for the couple. I hope they rethink their choice before their big day.
I've had plenty of panhandlers approach me downtown, but never a battery request. I respectfully declined and went to my job wondering how long that camera had been sitting in the closet before she decided to drag it out for her "shoot".