do you put some change in the cup or do you normally pretend you dont see them and walk on by?
honsestly it depends... i definitely dont always drop money in a cup.
It depends for me. There were a few people that I used to see on a daily basis when living in baltimore and I would buy them Mcdonalds $5 gift certifcates... wasn't a lot but it was a hot meal.
it does depend...like ones with signs like will work for food etc sometimes i think they are fake but if someone asks me for change i almost always give them what i have
also depends whether or not I have cash
I (sometimes) will smile at them, but don't drop money in the cup. I donate to food banks on the regular though..
this is a hard subject for me as I had an aunt that spent a lot of time homeless and unfortunately due to mental illness none ofher siblings could take her in for very long. I don't see very many homeless people in my neck of the woods but when I lived in Jacksonville I was known to buy them and meal and maybe throw a couple bucks in. I remember one time a homeless woman was trying to sell painted seashells outide of a chick-fil-a. I went inside because I didn't have any cash on me and bought her a big bag of sandwiches and a water bottle gave them to her she was so thankful she gave me a shell that I kept in my car as a daily reminder of how blessed I am. It made me so sad because instead of helping her out the employees were making fun of her. If they are panhandling I don't give them money, I always think of a guy that did it for years in my hometown and one day he was hit by a car and killed and come to find out the guy was living like a king off of panhandling instead of going out and finding a job.
I'm weary of giving a homeless person money. Majority of the time it would go towards booze or drugs. If I can donate food I do that. I try to volunteer at local shelters when given the opportunity.
It depends. I work in DT Vancouver and we have a lot of "homeless" people - and I say "homeless" b/c it's known that some of them are career hustlers..they have a roof over their head and $$$ in their pocket but day in and day out they prey on tourists for change.
That said - I do give $$$ on rare occasion but prefer to buy food more often. I'll get a coffee, doughnut..muffin..granola...etc more often - that makes me feel like I know that they'll have something to eat whereas they may use the $$$ and get alcohol or drugs.
I also buy treats for their dogs if I see them regularly.
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I honestly believe that sometimes the best thing you can do is take that same change and goodwill to the local shelter or soup kitchen. . .that way you can help more than just one person on the street who may or may not be 'faking' it. There are some places where there is somebody on every block. . .you can't stop for every single one.
The shelters need a lot of help and money - if you want to make a difference that is the place to do it. And of course, that all relies on your own personal passions - maybe you want to help animals, or the disabled, and cancer patients. . .
when i lived in the city I became jaded with this. most hobos didnt want a sandwich, they wanted alcohol and cigarettes. i can remember clearly at one time when my mom handed this hobo a sandwich and he threw it at her.
now that i am older i'll give change depending if i can sense if the person is for real or not and if i have change. the worst that can happened is that i allowed this person to have a good night and then he/she suffered for lying to me with a hangover.
I never give them money. It's a touchy subject and I don't want to offend anyone or start any fires so I won't say much but I will say that I cannot afford to travel the world, and I work full-time. Why would I fund their trips?
Edit: I should add this certainly does not apply to all people on the streets. It's unfortunate that some have given all a bad name.
Uhm, well...I usually give them all the money I have (rarely more then $20 on hand) and I've been known to pull over if I have groceries and give them some.
But ... my first instinct is to pretend I don't see them for some reason...but I just can't do it.
My FI doesn't know about this, or it would actually peeve him off. He has a big heart and all, but he'd rather give his money to charity then right into the hands of someone he believes "made their choices" .
I have given money on occassion. I would rather give them food. I have given several people food. I have had one person turn it down. My dad had an experience when I was little where he gave a guy money when he went into a store, when my dad came out the guy was sitting there drinking a beer. I always remeber that. I'm always willing to give food or offer to go buy them food.
When I worked in downtown Seattle I saw a lot of homeless people on the street and they had signs that would flat out say they were going to spend it on alcohol. One said he wanted Ninja lessons, I gave him a dollar just for being clever.
I like to give some change to the sax players by Nordstrom, because at least they are trying to earn it.
ditto Kaytana... I work downtown too and do see quite a few homeless people. There's always one guy in a wheelchair at the corner across from my building. My sister told me she gives to him whenever she sees him, but I prefer to give food. I've had some "homeless" people get mad at me for offering food, they'd rather have the money. That's when I suspect that their intentions are for alcohol or drugs.
definitely depends onthe situation......but we have a homeless man who "lives" near us and we see regularly. His name is Lance and he has schizophrenia. He is often outside of the 7-11 by our house so whenever we see him we get him a bottle of water or food and hand it to him on our way out. In the winter I try to find him to give him gloves or a coat we were getting rid of. in the summer we really try to make sure he has water since you can see he gets dehydrated.
I NEVER carry cash with me so I honestly tell them I have no change. I donate and volunteer at the Food Bank and soup kitchens around town, which I think is just as good as giving them change to buy food (or whatever the choose to buy).
and one time I was driving out of philly with a bag full of yummy take out chinese food that I was already drooling over....a woman on the side of the road had a sign that read "will work for food, I'm starving" and she really looked like she was. I pulled over and gave her the bag of food, she almost cried with gratitude and dug right into the bag she was so hungry. I'd rather do that than give money....but honestly I was so bummed to miss out on my chinese food! LOL
I never do. My FI works directly with many homeless people on a daily basis, and quite frankly, your money is better spent donating to the shelter or the food bank. Which I do on a regular basis.