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Old 06-21-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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So I moved to Houston on Monday and ever since ive been here people have been asking me for money. Some of them have nicer clothes then I do...which makes little sense to me. I would hate to say no to someone in need but these people just dont seem needy just lazy. Regardless how do the rest of you guys deal with beggers? What do you do in that situation?
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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Houston doesn't really have that many compared to other large cities. At least there are no more beggars here than anywhere else.

most people who are homeless are way more than just in need, but the point is giving them spare change isn't going to help them. you just keep walking
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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They are in every city. Large or small.
I don't mind to buy someone who claims to be hungry a sandwich or taco, but I am not giving money.
You don't have to say anything, or you can say you don't have cash, just credit card and just keep walking. Most of them are polite and don't talk back or bother.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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Welcome to the big city. It's not like they aren't in every single other of the few largest cities in America.

I usually do not give to beggars. I will give money to guys who play music and very few and far between people who might get lucky that day. I gave a dollar to an asian lady once...even though she was probably raking it from working that street corner for just one day.

Growing up in the city, you learn to shrug most of them off. Don't let them all make you feel guilty when they stare at you with those sad puppy-dog eyes. They know which methods make people feel guilty..
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:44 PM
 
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Yeah, I just say "I'm sorry" and move on. I remember once in Detroit a guy asked me for a dollar. I said no. He gave me a good life lesson saying "You Indians are stingy, you need to give more". I had a good laugh.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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We have approximately 13,000 homeless people in Houston out of 2.2 million people. That's a pretty large amount per capita (by comparison, NY has around 35,000 to 8+ million).
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:58 PM
 
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I seem to getting hit up a lot lately when I am in parking lots or pumping gas.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:41 AM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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You haven't had someone try to squeegee your windshield with a bucket o' dirty water yet?

Not a whole lotta' panhandlers here in La Porte by HWY 146, but I did get approached one morning before 4am while pumping gas (sitting in the truck at that moment, though) by a lady that had the cancer stick going while standing three feet away from the nozzle in action.

That was thoughtful of her to fling the cancer stick away quickly, but I had no cash on me, anyway...jakes on her.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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If they're overly affrontive, I say "Do I LOOK like your Daddy?". One dude downtown had a nice approach so I said "Look. I'll give you $5 and I want to watch you go across the street and buy a sandwich." He took the money, went across the street, went in, came out (no sandwich) and went on his way." He hit me up again a few days later and I said "Hey. Remember when I gave you..... and you didn't?". Walks right past me now.

Best sign I ever saw was "Don't want money. Please give me a donut from Shipley's and some coffee."

To editorialize, I have more respect for panhandlers than I do the covert panhandlers that don't/won't work, get food stamps and buy Twinkies and Ho-Ho's by the dozen at Food Town.

Ronnie
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Panhandling can bring in a good 30k a year for the professionals. A decent living if you have no pride or morals.
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