Is it wise to give beggars on the street your money? What if they became richer than you?
I'd rather give them actual food instead of money. Many "beggars" are just looking for money to get their next fix (Drugs or alcohol.) To weed these out, offer to buy them a burger at a nearby fast-food joint.
IF they become richer than me? Good. I'm glad. Heck, I'd HELP them on that journey if I could. Nobody deserves to live sleeping on pavement.
I highly doubt that a homeless person begging for money will suddenly become "richer" than you and if they did so what? The tendency to demonize the poor and homeless has really gone off the rails. I risked my job at one point several times giving money and food to the homeless. The high brow hotel I worked at that threw away probably hundreds of pounds of food a day didn't want to encourage those homeless "bums" to hang around.
I would grab food before it hit the dumpster and take it out the back garage to the alleyways back in the day. I was told by "loss prevention" to stop because I was encouraging them to come around. I looked at him rolled my eyes and walked away. Eventually I walked away from working for that snobby place too.
The sad truth is any of us are not that far away from homelessness. Compassion goes a long way in life and is the best form of "richness" there is. Sadly, many have forgotten that.
So true ChristinS. I think its funny people are willing to stand on line for hours to buy Iphones and sneakers but to give $1 to the less fortunate is not within them.
by LaDena Campbell 10 years ago
I saw the police shooing the homeless away from a shopping center where they were asking for money..Driving through a shopping center parking lot today, I noticed three or four people holding signs begging for money. A few minutes later I saw the police shooing them away. How do you feel about this?
by Joan King 10 years ago
Does giving money to beggars help or hurt them?
by jackavc 10 years ago
Should you give money to beggars on the streets of first world countries?
by Eaglekiwi 13 years ago
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by Ravi Rajan 10 days ago
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by Pavlo Badovskyi 10 years ago
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