Would You Ever Give Money To A Panhandler*?

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
*Panhander, beggar, or whatever you call a person asking for money from strangers in public.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, I would
5  (9%)
No, I would not
12  (22%)
It depends on my mood, the beggar, the circumstance etc
33  (60%)
I am not sure
1  (2%)
other
4  (7%)
Total votes: 55
Poll is closed
06/16/2013
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Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
It depends on my mood & if I have the money to give to them. If I feel really bad for them I'd give it to em.
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Ms. N Ms. N
It's not a situation I have come across a whole lot. I don't know if I would or not.
06/16/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
No I wouldn't if they are hungry I will get them food but I will not give money for them to go buy beer and drugs. Most panhandlers make WAY more then you or I do and live in fancy houses driving nice ass cars. I know that isn't ALL of them but no I won't if I can go out and get a job so can they.
06/16/2013
Castielskitten Castielskitten
Only if I feel wicked bad for them, but normally it takes a panhandeler to have a pet nearby with a sign that says NEED MONEY TO FEED DOG/CAT/WHATEVER PET.
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ImaGodiva ImaGodiva
No, but always a smile and occasionally some food.
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Sera26 Sera26
I have but only out of a car. I definitely don't want someone robbing me as I walk down the street.
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karenm karenm
I have a couple of times, but usually I don't.
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marmouse marmouse
Usually do if I have cash on me but I don't often have cash.
06/16/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
*Panhander, beggar, or whatever you call a person asking for money from strangers in public.
I'm the one who voted "other" (at least, the only one so far) because no, I would not give them money. I do and have, however, give them food. I used to live half a block from a grocery store in a big city, and they would sit outside. Some of them were only there for money, and would turn down your offer of food if you made one. Some of the others, though, I would chat with every time I saw them. I mean, even if I didn't have a lot of money, I could still spare enough for a sandwich and a piece of fruit every now and again. When they say no to food and ask for money only, though, I don't trust in their intentions enough to give it to them.
06/16/2013
sweisb4100 sweisb4100
If I have extra money then yes.
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harvest harvest
I think it really depends, but for the most part yes. I would if I had it.
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Woman China Woman China
I used too, then was told by the police that I should not under any circumstances give money to the people begging on the street. They laugh at me when I offer them food though. So my lesson was learnt!
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married with children married with children
No, I see the same ones sitting at the same corners for years straight.
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Gdom Gdom
Nope, I don't give money to panhandlers as a rule (and I don't really have the money to spare anyway). Giving food or volunteering at a soup kitchen are my preferred ways of helping out.
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Cindi025 Cindi025
Normally on most occasions I will not, sometimes though I will make an exception and give a few small coins or a handful of pennies. Never give bills though for I struggle myself and cannot afford to be giving away money.
06/16/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I've only ever given money to one panhandler but she was a woman who had two kids and a black eye on the street on Christmas Eve.

Other than that, I'll give them food for themselves or their pets.
06/16/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Other than extreme circumstances, definitely not.
06/16/2013
HannahPanda HannahPanda
It definitely depends on my mood.
06/16/2013
Pia Jouet Pia Jouet
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
*Panhander, beggar, or whatever you call a person asking for money from strangers in public.
I happen to have made the acquaintance over the years of some people who panhandle for a living--and make quite a tidy sum. My "inside information" has made me more wary of whom I give money to. If I know someone is truly in need, I will help them however I can: food, clothing, furniture, assistance with shelter, or money. If someone seems sketchy, or I see them day in and day out with no change in their circumstances, I move on.
06/16/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
Quote:
Originally posted by Lildrummrgurl7
I've only ever given money to one panhandler but she was a woman who had two kids and a black eye on the street on Christmas Eve.

Other than that, I'll give them food for themselves or their pets.
Awww
06/16/2013
bratcat bratcat
If i had the money to spare i would, though i prefer to offer those in need food and many are usually very appreciative of the offer. Going to Food Not Bombs protest was something i enjoyed doing in high school and i know it supported a good cause and help people who may otherwise not get a warm meal have one.
06/17/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
*Panhander, beggar, or whatever you call a person asking for money from strangers in public.
I've done it.
06/17/2013
eri86 eri86
It makes me uncomfortable when I'm approached by people asking for money, or even to borrow my phone.

I don't feel safe when it happens, and I'm scared they might steal my phone or grab my wallet off of me.
06/17/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
*Panhander, beggar, or whatever you call a person asking for money from strangers in public.
I have before. As a college kid, I gave both money and food to the one near our university.
06/17/2013
Living Doll Living Doll
I have in the past. Several times, actually. I don't anymore.
06/17/2013
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
Reminds me of this:

Homeless man tells his story
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Hallmar82 Hallmar82
I've saw a lot of professional panhandlers around my college and I don't give to them because they never came to our mission house actually wanting help. If they don't appear to be pros, then I'll gladly help out when I can.
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Trysexual Trysexual
Generally no
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SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
I'll usually chat them up and try to get a feel. I went through a rough period in my late teens early twenties that left me on a few occasions needing to swallow my pride and do this so that I could actually eat.
I think that the perception of panhanders making large sums of money in a day are rare cases. If I recall correctly on a very good day my total was about $15. A few of the "squaters"/"Gutter punks" I knew back then made about the same.

So while the vast majority of them are doing it for beer and drug money there is a portion that are doing it to actually get a meal that day.
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