Unless you are a banker or a politician, you have probably never experienced people you have never met before, handing you money.
Taking twins in a pushchair around east London brings a series of responses. I have had people shake my hand, seen cars pull over to stare and my other half has even had a women wish to rub her head, so that whatever we did have rubs off on her.
At the weekend, whilst enjoying a cup of tea in Morrisson's in Stratford, we were approached by an Indian man with his young daughter. The girl clearly wanted to hold one of the babies, so we handed her Leonard, and she very gingerly, very carefully walked off with him to show her mother. For a couple of minutes Leonard was held and discussed, before the father walked the little girl back. As Leonard was returned, the father handed over a five pound note. No words were expressed, and I did not think it polite to refuse a voluntary gift.
What can you say about such an act?