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Old 02-18-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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Being Christian, I always think of Christ posing as a pauper. Will I slight my brother? I give when it feels right and don't give when I see someone smoking a cigarette and drinking out of paper bag.

 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: El Camino Real
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When you give to panhandlers YOU become part of the problem.

Put out a bird feeder and see how quickly the flock grows.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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When you give to panhandlers YOU become part of the problem.

Put out a bird feeder and see how quickly the flock grows.
All well and good but I go with my heart. Jesus posed as a pauper.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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All well and good but I go with my heart. Jesus posed as a pauper.
If you believe in that sort of thing.

Why not just give to a church-based soup kitchen, then? I'm sure there are plenty in your area. That way you aren't just providing someone's next fix. You're providing someone's next meal.

Give to a panhandler, and you may as well just give to your local meth dealer. Eliminates the middle-man that way.

I completely agree with tazz. When you give to exit-ramp panhandlers, you become part of the problem. Jesus probably wasn't strung out on dope when allegedly posing as a beggar. The panhandler at the exit ramp almost certainly is.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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If you believe in that sort of thing.

Why not just give to a church-based soup kitchen, then? I'm sure there are plenty in your area. That way you aren't just providing someone's next fix. You're providing someone's next meal.

Give to a panhandler, and you may as well just give to your local meth dealer. Eliminates the middle-man that way.

I completely agree with tazz. When you give to exit-ramp panhandlers, you become part of the problem. Jesus probably wasn't strung out on dope when allegedly posing as a beggar. The panhandler at the exit ramp almost certainly is.
I do believe "in that sort of thing." I also give to other charities.

It's not my place on this earth to pass judgement on beggars. I don't know them. I don't know all their stories. When my heart tells me to give, I give. I can't believe that 100% of beggars are alcoholics/drug addicts.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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I appreciate the ones who hold a sign that says "Why lie? I need a beer!" At least they are being honest.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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I appreciate the ones who hold a sign that says "Why lie? I need a beer!" At least they are being honest.
I don't give to people who are asking for money to feed addictions.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Give to a panhandler, and you may as well just give to your local meth dealer. Eliminates the middle-man that way.
Not all panhandlers are meth addicts, or addicts of any kind, but you can never really know. My boyfriend helps to run a homeless shelter where the clients have to be sober and he's been told by a few individuals that they choose to spend their daytime hours begging for money. Some are down on their luck and unable to find work so this is what they choose to do.

Personally I hate being asked for money and don't ever contribute. The scariest incident I had was at a gas station where this woman walked up to me after asking and being turned down by several other people. She wouldn't give up when I refused and got very agitated to the point where I was worried she was going to do something very bad. Something startled her and she suddenly left and I was very thankful.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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I do believe "in that sort of thing." I also give to other charities.

It's not my place on this earth to pass judgement on beggars. I don't know them. I don't know all their stories. When my heart tells me to give, I give. I can't believe that 100% of beggars are alcoholics/drug addicts.
100%? No. But a high enough percentage are going to take your money to get high as a kite that it's probably bad karma to give at all. Your heart may be in the right place, but you're actually exacerbating the problem.

Go donate time at a food kitchen. Time means more than money, anyway. Anyone can write a check. That's the easy way out.

I've volunteered hundreds of hours. At the end of one of my volunteering shifts, I know I've made a difference. Nobody got high on the food I made. And it went to the people who truly need a hand up. Not a hand out.
 
Old 02-18-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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You miss my point. That beggar might be Jesus. I give when my heart tells me to give.
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