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Old 06-24-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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Some of them make 60k a year according to a news show I saw a few years ago. Tax free too!
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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She isn't refering to beggars. She talking about organized groups wearing ID tags and vests harrassing drivers at intersections for donations.
Yes, those are the ones I'm talking about.

I have given gas money to someone proclaiming to have broken down or out of gas and others that have appeared stuck or in need. I also give to charity organizations. I'm not heartless.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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They seem to be in every city on every street corner, bit of an inconvenience but if i happen to have some change handy i give it happily.
I'd hate to get to the pearly gates and God says "Remember that beggar on Main St. that you thought so little of? That was me giving you a test,and guess what? i got no change either"
I bet the churches that organize the beggars benefit from that mentality. It isn't the people I think so little of, otherwise shaking my head no wouldn't make me feel rude. It is the practice. Lots of organizations will provide a service (car wash) to earn money for their cause. Why not "serve" rather than ask for a hand out?
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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I have no guilt about who I do or do not donate money too. You can't help everyone.

As for groups that donate money from cars. I NEVER give them any. If nobody did, they would stop. It's like those spam e-mails, spam phone calls, spam snail mail-- the reason we get so many is because enough people take the bait.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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I have no guilt about who I do or do not donate money too. You can't help everyone.

As for groups that donate money from cars. I NEVER give them any. If nobody did, they would stop. It's like those spam e-mails, spam phone calls, spam snail mail-- the reason we get so many is because enough people take the bait.
I just don't think I was clear about the beggers I was speaking of. I'm not talking about those down on their luck. I'm talking about the organizations that set up 4 people to an intersection with vests and buckets, regularly. I've never lived in a place or observed it to be this prevelant. I'm now surprised when the foursome isn't at an intersection.

I don't mind when the fire-dept does it but it appears like it is a regular practice with some churches. We used to have a church that would do it twice a year on their corner to raise money for the Appalacian needy, I didn't mind that because it was not a routine practice. They put a sign on their property stating they'd be collecting on a certain weekend, etc.

Several times a weekend I'm approached by the people with vest/buckets....when I'm coming and going.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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I never see any around here except the firemen with their boots. I usually make a couple passes with my dollar bills, but that may not be all about me being charitable.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Richmond,VA
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I never see any around here except the firemen with their boots. I usually make a couple passes with my dollar bills, but that may not be all about me being charitable.
I can't speak for all fire departments around the Chas area, but the CFD and NCFD, for safety reasons, no longer allow collecting donations street-side or in street medians.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:31 PM
 
Location: On the border of off the grid
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She isn't refering to beggars. She talking about organized groups wearing ID tags and vests harrassing drivers at intersections for donations.
What kind of groups? I haven't noticed anything like that up on Long Island. ACORN?

When I was in Florida (Boynton Beach area) I noticed a ton of panhandlers hanging out on the medians at intersections. My mother was being particularly difficult one day as we were trying to get rid of some of her old junk (or her treasures as she called them) when my daughter and I came upon a beggar named Steve. Steve had a sign which said, "Will work for food". Well, I thought that was at least honorable and my mother was being so aggravating and unappreciative that my daughter and I went back to the house, made Steve a nice roast beef sandwich and bought him a six pack of Budweiser. He was so blown away when we called him over. And it turned out he was originally from Long Island!

My daughter said, "At least Steve appreciates us!"
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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Just ask if they have change for a quarter.

They usually leave right away.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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I can't speak for all fire departments around the Chas area, but the CFD and NCFD, for safety reasons, no longer allow collecting donations street-side or in street medians.
Actually they do.

As recently as a few weeks ago they were at the intersection of Sam Ritt and 526 ... which surprised ... because I thought as you do.
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