I usually write about food, gardening or dogs, but this article is about a woman to protests against panhandlers in her neighborhood.
I lived in Denver for a while. There was a corner that I had to stop at every single morning. Always an old man there panhandling. I never gave him money, but I bought him MacDonalds every morning (orange juice for his drink) and gave it to him each day. He was NEVER glad to have food. After about two weeks of me doing that, I never saw him at that corner again. It was a younger guy who only wanted cash, thank you, and wouldn't even take the bag of food I offered each morning. I never offered food to anyone again, and neither do I give them money. There are a LOT of programs out there to help homless people who want help. It is the ones who don't want real help that stand on the corners and make hundreds of dollars a day. Why would they want to give up that much money! If we stop giving it to them, the ones who really need the help will go find it. The others will have to figure it out otherwise.
Kudos to you for writing this up Steph. God job:-)
Amy and Sophia
Indeed a great article steph!
Definitely something that affects our cities and
and neighborhoods...i don't judge b/c for sure everyone
of these ppl have their own story...i feel bad i always give
when i have spare change when i have on me
I liked her. She was interesting, but sometimes, I give a dollar. If someone has a dog, I give the dog a treat. All the panhandlers in Minneapolis stand on roads and ramps with signs. They don't come up and confront anyone.
I expressed my experiences, but didn't think at all you were taking up either side.
It's gotten a lot of readers an it's stirring up a lot of commentary.
Emotion on both sides. And just to say this, there are lots of times I do see a person that I do give help to. There is a man in our area, he is ancient, who has a little donkey that pulls a tiny cart/home the man lives in . It has all his possessions piled on it, and the man has a little cattle dog that travels with him. The man is a ranch worker on these vast Texas ranches, watching summer herds on the grazing lands they use. But he is migrant , doesn't stay on when they move the herd to other areas. He packs his cart/home and travels back to where he comes from. I always give him money when I see him, he probably travels hundreds and hundreds of miles each spring and fall. Just saw him yesterday down in town, that means he 's headed out for the winter.
some people truly do need the help, but most panhandlers aren't those people...my opinion only!
I agree w/this being a sensitive subject but in the same
token some of these ppl are cons!
There was an article a long time ago in our local paper
that a panhandler had calculated the money he made the
the entire month was actually more than the social assistance
and more than basic average salary of a restaurant employee needless to
say it infuriated the city!!!
In some cultures, beggers are considered employed. They're job is to give people the opportunity to build karma (or follow God's command to give to the needy.) Some are better at it than others.
Well put Stephanie:-)