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Old 02-18-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Naperville, IL by necessity; Pinellas by choice
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I often will pull out a dollar or two if they don't appear to me to look intoxicated - maybe they aren't going to buy drugs or drink and really do just need to eat.
My son's ex-girlfriend once gave a cheeseburger to a panhandler. He threw it at her and said he didn't "want no f-ing ham-burger!"

Since then, I give McDonalds gift certs if anything. If they really want food, they'll use them.

Not the healthiest food and I suppose they could barter the certs for cigs and booze but it makes it one step harder.

 
Old 02-18-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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^^Why give them anything at all.

I bet someone bartered your mcdonalds giftcard for crack, and you are responsible for helping the drug trade or hopefully they just. Good Job!

People who give crap to bums are perpetuating a problem.
 
Old 02-18-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I don't give money to people standing on medians at traffic lights or people in groups. If they have some bogus story, I don't give them anything. If they tell me the truth, even if it's for booze or drugs or whatever, I'll sometimes give them money.
 
Old 02-18-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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I don't give money to people standing on medians at traffic lights or people in groups. If they have some bogus story, I don't give them anything. If they tell me the truth, even if it's for booze or drugs or whatever, I'll sometimes give them money.
Same here.
 
Old 02-18-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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^^Why give them anything at all.

I bet someone bartered your mcdonalds giftcard for crack, and you are responsible for helping the drug trade or hopefully they just. Good Job!

People who give crap to bums are perpetuating a problem.
Hmmm. How much crack do you figure you can get for a McDonald's gift certificate? And does a Wendy's or Burger King certificate bring a better or worse rate of return than McDonald's? Just wondering.
 
Old 02-19-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Naperville, IL by necessity; Pinellas by choice
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^^Why give them anything at all.

I bet someone bartered your mcdonalds giftcard for crack, and you are responsible for helping the drug trade or hopefully they just. Good Job!
Well, you might be right but a lot of our homeless here are supposedly vets. Probably a lot of mental illness from PTSD, etc, but would you let them go hungry? It's hard to know what to do.

How much crack do you think they can get for $3 in MD coupons? Seriously, I don't know the drug trade.

And for the record, I drive a BMW also. LOL!
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