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Posted: 2/22/2006 12:43:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 12:47:35 PM EDT by rbailey]
I just remembered a time when my brother pulled up to a stop light and we saw a bumb (whatever you wish to call em) standing on the corner. To my surprise my brother rolls down his window and calls the guy over. With a big grin on this guys face my brother asks, "do you have a dollar I can borrow"? I couldn't help but bust out laughing. This guy then had that WTF look on his face.

What do you do when you when these beggers approach you?

ETA: poll
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:46:05 PM EDT
I don't give.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:46:47 PM EDT
Fuck No!!!

Those degenerates are a blight!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:46:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 12:47:56 PM EDT by markl32]
I don't reward poor behavior.

ETA First one to vote! W00t!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:47:11 PM EDT
Only if they are 1: Honest (Why lie, I need money for beer) or 2: Creative (Ninjas killed my family, need money for kung fu lessons)
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:47:53 PM EDT
Depends on the person.. Sometimes I do, other times not.. Not sure how I make up my mind.. But some people just look like they need it..

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:48:04 PM EDT
I ignore them and walk on by. Broke get a job at Mc Donalds, I think they pay like $7 or $8 an hour.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:51:42 PM EDT
I don't handle pans...nor pots. That's wimminz' work.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:53:06 PM EDT
"I work hard for my money. So should you."
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:53:12 PM EDT
No, I take their money...
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:54:42 PM EDT
+1 on the only if they have creative signs....I.E. One guy outside a bar had a sign that read "Need 20 bucks to get drunk and watch super bowl." If I laugh they usually get a buck...unless they look like meth heads...then they don't......no crack for you!!!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:54:51 PM EDT
Never.

If you're strong enough to stand around holding a sign, you're strong enough to work, so fuck off.

The evil part of me always wants to keep a big glass of water in the truck so I can toss it onto the ones I see during the winter. I never give in.

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:55:00 PM EDT
I give sometimes. Just depends on the person. A look in their eyes.

I used to worry about them spending it on booze or dope, but I
came to the conclusion long ago, when I give them the money, that's
between me and God, what they do with the money is between them
and God.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:58:22 PM EDT
Nope.

I figure bad decision making got them where they are so how can I expect they will make good decisions with the money I may give them.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:04:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 1:07:01 PM EDT by Magoo6541]
My buddies story: he is retired from the Navy. A Chief he knew used to go to a off ramp off of I295 with a sign... Will work for food...or whatever it read. Anyway, this guy would get up to $700 per hr during rush hr, just standing around askin for money. Most of the time he didn't get that much but still... even 3-400 an hr.

He ended up spending some time in the brig for that if I remember the story right...

There's also been quite a few shows... 20/20, dateline and others that have done bits on this. ALOT of people you see out on the street in tatered cloths and signes live in some very, very nice houses and drive some very, very nice cars.

Personally, I don't give.

Magoo
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:06:58 PM EDT
I give them loogies.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:11:54 PM EDT
I don't disrespect them but I do not give.

Sure their might be A FEW with a valid sob story but I don't give anything for the principal of it all.

How would me giving him some money HELP him other them help him/her continue on the path of fucked upness.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:15:59 PM EDT
They get nothing from me. If I wanted to support someone getting drunk all day that someone would be me.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:17:20 PM EDT
I just flip them off and yell 'vote quimby!' as I drive away.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:21:15 PM EDT
I am not rude to them, but I do not give them a dime. It will only encourage them to remain bums.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:21:40 PM EDT
THere's a woman near my office who has been holding a sign that says PREGNANT and HOMELESS. Yeah, right.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:21:56 PM EDT
If it's an individual asking for something, I help out. If it's the fireman's annual boot drive, I help out. If it's the Nation of Islam... I don't. If it's one of those "organizations" with the blazing orange vests on, I don't.

If I see somebody in a wheelchair or missing a limb, I usually give a little more.

thanks,
Ron
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:28:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rbailey:

What do you do when you when these beggers approach you?





I have taken men and women that I've seen digging through dumpsters for food, to a nearby restaurant, and bought them the special....what ever it may have been, it's better than dumpster food........The people who hang out at the fast food joint, or on the freeway exit ramp, get NOTHING....I never reach into my pocket for anything when I have just cashed a check, or left a job after the customer has paid me......That's how you get jacked....the people who run their mouth when I refuse to give them money, I usually open my jacket to show them a very good reason to walk on........we've had people MURDERED by homeless folks here in Cleveland........
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:41:38 PM EDT
no, I wont even talk to them
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:50:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mcnielsen:
THere's a woman near my office who has been holding a sign that says PREGNANT and HOMELESS. Yeah, right.



Would it be evil if I gave her a coat hanger?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:53:17 PM EDT
ajntsa
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:59:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 2:00:46 PM EDT by The_Sgt_Rock]
I give to the local open door mission homes. There a person can get a hot meal, shower, a bed to sleep on and most importantly......some scripture. For most of these people it won't make any difference. But if my donations lead just one person to God and helps them turn their life around....it's certainly worth it.
But to give on the street is a bad idea. That money will more than likely be wasted on drugs & alcohol.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:00:27 PM EDT

Last time a guy asked me, I told him I had no money, but offered him my lucky sea-shell that I had found on the beach in Florida the week before. He didn't want it.

No reason to be rude, but I also don't want to give away something to someone who might be lying, when there are PLENTY of charities that I can give to where I know the money is being used for good.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:03:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By clement:

Originally Posted By mcnielsen:
THere's a woman near my office who has been holding a sign that says PREGNANT and HOMELESS. Yeah, right.



Would it be evil if I gave her a coat hanger?



pure evil..lmao
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:12:09 PM EDT
Yeah I've given to pan-handlers from time to time.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:20:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Magoo6541:
My buddies story: he is retired from the Navy. A Chief he knew used to go to a off ramp off of I295 with a sign... Will work for food...or whatever it read. Anyway, this guy would get up to $700 per hr during rush hr, just standing around askin for money. Most of the time he didn't get that much but still... even 3-400 an hr.


and that's why i won't give them shit. these people make more money than i do... why should i help pay for their new jaguar? a few years ago, i saw a bum on the side of the road begging for money. when i drove past again later on, i saw him getting into a corvette that was parked behind a fast food place.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:26:06 PM EDT
They get nothing from me.

Fook 'em.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:33:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chips:

Originally Posted By Magoo6541:
My buddies story: he is retired from the Navy. A Chief he knew used to go to a off ramp off of I295 with a sign... Will work for food...or whatever it read. Anyway, this guy would get up to $700 per hr during rush hr, just standing around askin for money. Most of the time he didn't get that much but still... even 3-400 an hr.


and that's why i won't give them shit. these people make more money than i do... why should i help pay for their new jaguar? a few years ago, i saw a bum on the side of the road begging for money. when i drove past again later on, i saw him getting into a corvette that was parked behind a fast food place.



Plus, their income is tax free.

I remember a local story in the news (think it was local) about a beggar. Every couple of months he'd call the local casino and get picked up by a limo and stay in facny room while spending tens of thousands of dollars that he got from begging. When he was out of money (after about a week), he go back to begging on the corner.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:36:59 PM EDT
No, not anymore...but, I have before and will again do this:

You can tell if someone begging is for real or not by offering to buy them lunch instead of giving them money. A genuinely hard-up individual will NEVER turn down free food.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:39:04 PM EDT
I usually just draw down on them
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:23:19 PM EDT
BTW, do you guys have the Nation of Islam standing on street corners in your city? These guys are the MOST rude people in the world.. AND they want you to give them money. I told this one guy that I give to my Church and he said that he goes to my Church because ALL churches are the same. I then asked him if he goes St. Viators. He responded that as a Christian, I should help my fellow brother. I usually (NEVER) get in conversations with people standing on a median but then told him that I will help a fellow Christian whenever possible, but that he wasn't Christian and that I lived in Oakland during college and my color wasn't exactly one that Nation of Islam cared for. He looked at me with a smirk and walked away

thanks,
Ron
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:47:54 PM EDT
"I'm sorry, I can't help you."

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