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Do you give money to beggars?

  1. akuigla profile image61
    akuiglaposted 6 years ago

    Do you give money to beggars?

  2. dablufox profile image54
    dablufoxposted 6 years ago

    Ask them if they have a light?

    If they don't then I'll give them a few bob, if they do I'll walk off and shake my head.

  3. smalika profile image77
    smalikaposted 6 years ago

    Yes actually I do, but there are certain conditions which I have undertaken to follow in this respect;
    Children
    My policy is never to give money to children. They have many excuses and many reasons to beg, they may even be subjected to beating upon returning empty handed to their household. but i have also seen many misusing the money they had made. they get involved in drugs or just pilfer the money into useless activities. The best way to help them is to feed or clothe them. Money is for the children whose parents actively watch and supervise the spending.

    Women
    I tend to give the most to women. They seem to be laden with starving children, I expect them to be attentive to their children's basic needs.

    Men who seem healthy
    This again is a category who fails to move me. They can make money on their own.

    Men with handicap or very aged
    You must have noticed men without arms, legs or unable to walk for some reason and other like deformities. They seem deserving of some financial help.

  4. hassann profile image71
    hassannposted 6 years ago

    I gave money to beggars twice in my life. It was the same beggar.

    Six years ago, a man approached me and told a story about how he had run out of money and needed to go a place and I thought, I think I'll give him two dollars worth(in local currency).

    Three years ago, I was passing from exactly the same street. A man approached me and told a story about how he had run out of money and needed to go a place and I thought, I think I'll give him two dollars worth(in local currency).

    Some ten minutes passed and I realized it was the same man with exactly the same story and in exactly the same place.

  5. arb profile image79
    arbposted 6 years ago

    I would, but marriage has come to the place where she simply takes it now!

  6. Mayaanjali profile image82
    Mayaanjaliposted 6 years ago

    Yes -a lot of times based on my gut instinct. At times even if i feel the person does not deserve and if I have change I give alms with an inner prayer that the person should learn to do hardwork and earn his living.  I have deep sympathy for the condition but I feel aot of times they have not tried to earn an honest livelihood but resorted to the easy way out -begging.  Am I encouraging this bad habit?  God alone knows !

  7. emdi profile image74
    emdiposted 6 years ago

    Some one begged for money to a friend of mine. He replied that he don't have change for $100. Then the beggar replied that he has change for $100, how much he wanted.

    I prefer to talk to the person and understand his situation and help accordingly.

  8. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 6 years ago

    in some cases i do but mostly i just walk by them. i will on occasion by them something to eat instead of giving them cash.

  9. Hunbbel Meer profile image87
    Hunbbel Meerposted 6 years ago

    Yes I do, but ONLY when I personally feel within, that he/she is really in need of cash.

  10. Marie McKeown profile image96
    Marie McKeownposted 6 years ago

    Based on my experiences travelling in South America, I started to see that it wasn't always helpful to give money to beggars. For example, some parents, seeing how their children got money begging from tourists, would take their children out of school so they could beg full time. So it wasn't really helping those children at all to give them money - they were missing out on the long-term value of education.

    I adopted a policy of only giving money to beggars who clearly couldn't earn money any other way - people who were sick or disabled and would have received no state support due to lack of healthcare in the country.

    Ultimately, it is better if we work to help the economies in developing countries - for example by buying 'fair trade' products.

  11. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image97
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years ago

    Yes, I have in the past.  Today, I am the beggar.

  12. Kamalesh050 profile image81
    Kamalesh050posted 6 years ago

    Yes I do, sometimes  food or clothes instead of money.

  13. Edoka Writes profile image59
    Edoka Writesposted 6 years ago

    Yes, or I'll buy a meal if a needy person states they're hungry.

  14. 6hotfingers3 profile image60
    6hotfingers3posted 6 years ago

    Sometimes I give money to beggars. Something inside tells me the person truly needs the money and I move on my gut feelings. I seldom give money because it is often a scam on the part of the beggars.

    I was in a beautiful European city a few years ago and gave a beggar money. By chance I had to return to the same section of town the next day. To my surprise, I saw the beggar dressed better than me sitting on a park bench near the place I saw her begging the day before. Her child was dressed well and they did not look destitute at all. I felt taken.

  15. profile image49
    Rev Michelleposted 6 years ago

    I have given money in the past.  It depends on the situation.  Sometimes buying them a meal is better than giving cash. If it shelter than I help find shelter....After all But for the Grace of God there go I.

 
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