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Post Reply Being homeless in Los Angeles, Do you help or ignore or just don't care?
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I don't know if there's a thread like this already, but I'm speaking from my personal story so I hope thats O.

I was homeless in Los Angeles this summer ( June-September) and I got to say I have mixed feelings about the place
and some of the people living there. I've met some of the best people in my life there, yet at the same time some of the worst.

I didn't stay on Skid Row ( I couldn't, my first night I saw some dude randomly pee on some women's face...eww)
I mainly stayed at Union station for sleep when I wasn't looking for a job and when i needed spare cash I would volunteer at this place called The Smell.

How do you feel about the homeless there? Do you help them or just ignore them?

Have you seen to many of their tricks or ploys or do you try to help them get something for themselves?

I'm just curious is all. I think I've seen enough to where I didn't even wanna make it a point to ask for any change whatsoever and starting a conversation with "Excuse me ma'am/ sir" or "Please, can.." were null and void.

Tell me what ya think please!
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Living in LA, I can somewhat understand your experience in downtown.The people there are just like you said, some of the best and some of the worst. I have met many homeless who have the wisdom and knowledge many of us cannot understand or obtain. Many homeless are often most grateful to many little things, where as too many people who are not homeless are not. Though, If there's a drunk guy on the street yelling out "Give me money!" or doing harm to himself and others, I don't bother. Though if I see the him later in the day or another day. Where he is sober, calm, and somewhat collected then I won't hesitate to help out. Often I would only like to help if they were somewhat trying to make better of themselves. If they're not, I do not believe my help will do good. Maybe I've been tricked many times, but I wouldn't know and I cannot know unless I experience being homeless for a long period.

I couldn't imagine what it could be like to be around Skid Row for long periods of time. I do believe you've learned much and have grown from your experiences. I hope you're doing well man
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I always help the homeless with some money when I have some to spare.
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I give what ever change i have when i get asked.
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I have cash on me extremely rarely, so when someone asks for money for food, I offer to buy the food for them instead of just giving them cash.

The genuine ones are appreciative and get food, ones with intent to scam will typically give some outlandish reason as to why me buying the food doesn't work and that they really need the cash instead, in which they get nothing because I have no cash. Though I have had someone get the best of me at a mall once. I bought him food and he was there like 2 or 3 days later trying to get someone else to buy him lunch.
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Ericldj, wow that scene of man pissing on a womans face must have been pretty disturbing. That sounds like a pretty harsh experience. I'm glad your over that point in your life.
Honestly when I see homeless people I don't care anymore. In the past I use to give money out of some kind of sense of obligation but now I keep my money to myself. Basically the last few years I have been broke, being unemployed for long periods of time and I never received any handouts. The money that I earn I'm going to use for myself, my family and my friends.
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I always ignore them sorry...


#the opposite of love is indifference
#our true nature shows when we're facing difficult tim
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It breaks my heart to see people in poverty since my family was in the same situation when I was liitle, so I always give whatever I can to the needy.
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I got mixxed feelings I know most are truely in need but I also know some are scam artest and professional pan handlers who act homeless but aren't really
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I don't give money, only random thing's I was going to throw out.
I did give a bag filled with soap and toothpaste to a homeless drive last year.
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I'd take one in.
Take him/her out for a large pizza pie.
Pay for a haircut.
Pay for a one-night stay at a hotel/motel.
Make sure they'd be good for a little while afterwards.

Yup.
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I lived in Las Vegas for 4 1/2 years where there's a ton of homeless. Many of them are scammers and hang outside of places like Walmart and such with sob stories about make-believe broken down vans and such.

I never gave them anything and refused to allow them to touch any of my possessions. There's always something you can do to get a roof over your head, food in your belly and even a bit of money in your pocket if you're willing. The problem is many people aren't and they end up living in some false world they've constructed around themselves that says that they can't get work, food or shelter without begging or scamming people.

I've been working since I was a teenager and I've never had a point in time where I couldn't get a job. I even worked on a farm for a while de-feathering and gutting pheasants after hunters shot them. It wasn't a glorious job, but it paid $10 an hour for 8 hours a week. That'd be more than enough to keep you fed at least if you were living out of a box.

So, with that being said, no I don't give anything to the homeless. If they approach me I ignore them and walk away.
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I always help the homeless with some money
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Sadly I have to admit before watching Lost Angels on Netflix (which I highly recommend you watch), I never really cared much for the homeless of LA. Always ignorantly assumed it was their own fault, which is not the case. More than half the population of skid row is there due to the lack of funding for the mental insititutions in the city. They are treated like shit, and the cops are assholes to them. Yes, some if not most do drugs unfortunately, though it is not entirely their fault. This past thanksgiving I donated a hundred bucks to a shelter there that feeds the needy, I know It's not even going to make a dent. I hope to increase my contributions this year.
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There's tons of homeless in los angeles and its impossible to help every one of them out. Honestly I rarely give money to someone who asks it. Its hard to tell whos telling the truth since its so easy to lie.

My dad actually buys food instead of giving cash to a homeless person. Well sometimes it doesn't go so well, like this one time a guy was asking for money but my dad bought him a hotdog instead and gave it to the man. The guy was so upset and threw the hotdog in the trash :'c poor hotdog

Few years ago my dad was homeless himself. It was difficult for him to get on his two feet. He still had his car with him but when he got a parking ticket he cried. It was very sad time. But eventually he worked for a church then later got a good paying job through a friend.

There also this homeless guy who stays in front of a gas station and he's been there for years since my parents lived here (30+). The guy gets food and water and new clothes but just stays there. It makes me think he'd rather be taken cared of than to work again, if he has ever worked *shrugs*




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