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Panhandlers on every major intersection!

January 6th, 2007 at 01:14 am

For about three months there have been a group of people on 3 high traffic intersections in town. Just my luck when I go from store to store or even when I go home I have to cross all three lights. They have buckets, there's about 3-4 out at each intersection (one for each way at the lights). They have buckets that only say Money to feed and help women and children. I have given a few times but lately it just pisses me off. You give at one intersection and they are hitting you up at two others. Next time I'm going to ask what organization they are with and what this money is used for. I think I could make alot more money if I just get a big bucket and go car to car (they actually come to your car door). I guess this must be legal or they would have been stopped by now. I guess I shouldnt be annoyed but good grief, how many times do they expect you to give? If I gave a dollar every time I would be spending 10- 15 dollars a day!

3 Responses to “Panhandlers on every major intersection!”

  1. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I put in the bucket for Fire Department and/or Ambulance(Volunteer). I put in the bucket for the Lions and I always put in the bucket for the Salvation Army. All other buckets go unanswered. Sorry, but only so many dollars for so many buckets!Wink:

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    I would never give to just any supposedly homeless strangers off of any intersection. Those types are usually professional panhandlers. Yes, there are professional panhandlers out there! Why? Because they can make money this way, and it's easier and better than getting a real job. And that's because they have no qualms about conning decent, caring citizens out of their hard-earned money.

    My favorite example is a guy who regularly panhandles at an intersection with a cast and a crutch. And when it's "lunch time", he'll take off the cast and crutch to walk across the street to McDonald's before "getting back to work".

    Some panhandlers are also your local, regular street muggers and hustlers. Yes, they don't care HOW they get your money, be it deceit, intimidation, or just plain old robbery.

    Yes, I am jaded, but I've had to deal with these knuckleheads before, and I am telling you the frustrating truth from first-hand experience.

    Having said that, not all homeless people are as bad as I just made them out to be. Some are honestly good people who are down on their luck. I have no problems helping them out. However, as price has said, the best way to help out is to donate your money to trustworthy charity organizations, so you know the money isn't wasted on their booze, drugs, and hooker for the night.

    Oh, but I'm glad that you seem like a very caring and decent person. Smile The world needs more people like you.

  3. baselle Says:

    I work for a non-profit and I give to non-profits and only very rarely to a person asking for change. But I face a similar situation. When you get right down to it substitute "non-profit" for "panhandler" and your point is the same. Smile The more you give, the more you're tapped to give. The wisest thing I've ever heard is to make sure that you budget for your charitable giving and when its gone, its gone. It makes it easier to say no.

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