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Old 10-17-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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I see the same people asking for money outside fast food restaurants and on freeway off ramps asking for money. I don't give them anything because I feel like it just keeps them on the street. What do you think?
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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Today, the fastest growing homeless population is families, including single mothers with their children. Being homeless is not a disease. You can't catch it. In this economic climate most people/families are one paycheck away from becoming homeless. People don’t realize that a lot of these “homeless” men and woman once held a very well paying job. Everyone sees the adults out on the streets but what they don’t realize is that a lot of them have children who live on the streets with them. No one wants to separate their family even in hard times like that. Most won’t even give up their dogs and they will feed them before they feed themselves. At a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a bad idea to help those that are hurting?
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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The people begging at the off-ramp at Waterman and 40th are NOT homeless and NOT hurting. I have watched the same people drop off these "homeless bums" and pick them up after their shift is over. It's a long-running organized scam.

And every single time I am accosted at gas stations with people having signs saying, "Am Hungry," and I offer them some food, they get snotty and demand money.

I'm not saying people in these times aren't hurting, but the "beggars" in Berdoo are scam artists.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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Don't give them money, it only enables their addiction.

If you want to help then donate to charities which provide services to the homeless.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Default i was homeless in st louis for a while...

and I used to have to beg for money. I can tell you first hand, if you see the same people over and over its a a scam. They probably average 150 bux a day (well I did in st louis, i hear out here its not THAT good), so the only thing that will make them leave is if the cops come and arrest them all the time. Other than that, if no-one gave them money they would also leave.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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There was a homeless guy outside a Walgreens on Thanksgiving day. As I walked in, he said he didn't want money but was hungry.

There's limited food in Walgreens, but I got him a turkey lunchable, string cheese and gatorade

I was willing to help because he didnt ask for money.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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On the TV show Addicted, many, many of the addicts are seen to support themselves by panhandling.

One guy stood in front of a fast-food restaurant and was filmed as he collected $100 in an hour. Do you make that much?

Then, the guy came back that afternoon, too, after he smoked up the $100.

In another show, the addict exchanged food coupons from McDonald's for drugs. Some people give these instead of cash.

If you must give, give actual food.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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On the TV show Addicted, many, many of the addicts are seen to support themselves by panhandling.

One guy stood in front of a fast-food restaurant and was filmed as he collected $100 in an hour. Do you make that much?

Then, the guy came back that afternoon, too, after he smoked up the $100.

In another show, the addict exchanged food coupons from McDonald's for drugs. Some people give these instead of cash.

If you must give, give actual food.
there were days panhandling in st louis where i made 350 dollars... there were 6 separate occasions where people gave me 100 dollar bills. you cant make that kinda money asking for spare change, but if you hold a sign on a freeway offramp 5s, 10s, and 20s add up quick.

its easy to get stuck doing it because the money can be so good. i ended up getting arrested too many times though, and finally moved back home to become a productive member of society. I am much happier making less money at a real job than i was humiliating myself on the street.
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