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Being homeless in Los Angeles, Do you help or ignore or just don't care?
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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
I'll be honest, I tend to ignore them but not because I think they are scam artists, it's because.

A) I rarely have much to give anyway
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B) I am absolutely terrified of interactions with strangers. I can't look people in the eye and I'm always afraid somebody will approach me so when I see a homeless person approaching others I get terrified that they are going to talk to me and usually walk the other way or do my best not to attract attention.

To be fair I also do this with things like religious people standing on the side of the street or the salvation army outside of stores. I just really don't like interaction with strangers, I know it's weird but if people try to talk to me I smile and nod then run away.
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It's not that I ignore them or don't care. People have to make their own way in the world, and struggling is part of that.

I won't just give out money to anyone that asks - that's foolish. I've given train fare a few times, but it was obvious they really needed it to get somewhere.

I would buy food if someone begged me for it (nobody ever has). When I still smoked I gave cigarettes to anyone that asked. Beyond that there's not much I can/want to do.
Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
I know some ppl are just being honest. It would be foolish to give what you own away.. I guess. I'm the giving type, when I see something in distress I don't think, "hey, heres this guy drifting through life asking for handouts" , I'm more of the "give the shirt off my back" type, and while that may seem gullible to someone experienced with drunken drifters and all, thats me "embracing my demons" You don't like it dont be like me and just look the other way



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Most of the homeless around here are scammers so I tell them to go to one of the local churches. They can get vouchers for food and a place to sleep. I remember one gal came up to me in a WINCO parking lot and gave me a sob story about how her car broke down and her family needed gas money.... I told her I didn't have any cash, (which was true), I asked her to show me her car and family.... She turned around and quickly walked away. I saw her a few days later walking along another street with a bottle in a bag...

There are a lot of so-called homeless people around here that sit at the on and off ramps with a sign and they show up every day.... Until the city passed an ordinance against the practice. One of the TV stations did some snooping and checking some of those "homeless people" are making about $40K a year.... I know in other places it isn't like this but most of the people I know that are ministers and pastors and priests all agree that you should never give out any cash. Refer people to shelters and churches and if you feel so bold take them out for food.

That has been my experience.

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I have mixed feelings about helping the homeless. Although most could use the money, there are those who spend it on items that are "non-essential". Such as drugs, or MORE booze.

But then again, I think, and hope that the fellow will use the money properly and get some good grub in his/or her belly.

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I did a lot of volunteer work before in LA shelters for homeless. I feel bad for those guys. Now I have kids and I don't want to risk contracting MRSA so I don't volunteer anymore. Still donate whenever I can and if I see a homeless person I'll give them some money or buy them some food.

ps Volunteering in those places was one of the best experiences in my life. I've met so many truly great, selfless people who volunteer there. Being older now I worry about MRSA so I'm not sure if I would do it over again given the chance or tell young people to do it, but one of the best things about volunteering there was meeting really nice fellow volunteers.
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I am not familiar with LA homeless but where I am from the homeless are most likely your average scamming bum... It's harsh to say this but I just haven't met one that was educated, talented, and just down on luck. The city I live in provide plenty, also plenty of government grants for the homeless or low income... In short I pay enough through taxes to just walk by...

Have the homeless ever thought it's hard to be a average tax payer paying for their services... I work my butt off and the government gives nothing to me... At least bums get Turkey dinner during Christmas through my tax dollars
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This is the wrong subject for me to express my true feelings on the matter. Yes, I will honestly help in some way or form. I have a few dreams I want to accomplish and this is one of them to help the homeless in America. I want to build a business up that I'll only hire the homeless only. Even the the person is whatever ethically, but only the homeless, so I can help pick America off it's feet. I don't want college kids that just gotten out of school or that's in school looking for a side job, no, I want homeless or laid off people that needs money to help their family. I hope to accomplish that one dream at least. I never been a fan of Miley Cyrus,but she is really helping the homelss of any age or ethical now. I show gratitude towards her for that. Yes, there's homeless people that lost their jobs to drug or alcohol abuse and to help with that matter is rehab. I remember there was a homeless man that was drunk and all he wanted was the booze. My grandmother said no I'll go close by and buy a meal for you to make sure you had something to eat. The man actually cried. He was so depress that all he wanted is to drink and forget his worries. Even the homeless that just gotten out of jail is hard for them to get help. How do you start over if you don't get the "push" you need to begin with? It'll just lead more crimes for them to go back to jail.Hopefully I'll make a difference.
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I Do Both mostly donate, i dont hand money as lightly as i use to since most people tend to scam.


if ur homeless and i see ur sign says "money cus im hungry" im gonna go to the store or a restaurant and get u a nice meal and give it to u and if u throw it away i know u just using the money for that addiction. i saw someone throw the food i gave them the moment i started to walk away and the funny thing was the person told me he really was starving and that he wanted a burger so i went and got him just that .

Also i remember this young soldier came up to my dad and asked him for money cus he needed some and that he just got out and was trying to make it home. my dad gave him money and a couple of days later the same dude was hassling other people lying and saying the same thing that he needed gas money to get back.

so much scamming i get tired to even try and help anymore , all give u used clothing ,a blanket if u ask, even some shoes or some food. but money i will not since i see what comes of it . if u say u need money to look for work then let me get u something nice clothes wise so u can look good and find a job. at least i know u wont spend the money i give u on ur addiction.
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Posted 3/30/15 , edited 3/30/15
I ignore them because I don't care. I'm not in LA, but it's universal wherever you are. Some are genuinely crazy, some choose to be in the homeless situation. And there are the cheats. When I see someone on the corner with a sign I look down the streets to see if a car is parked in the distance and what kind of car that is. It's profitable to beg for money. The lights change what? more than a thousand times during a normal work day and if you get $1-$2 per light change that can rack up a LOT of money, for what?! standing there?!

Only once have I seen a sign where the guy was honest and his sign read "I just wanna buy a beer"
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I always keep something like a granola bar or a bag of chips in my car just in case. I've had too many people refuse and ask for money instead or simply throw the food away when they think I am not looking. Also had a guy ask for gas money at a gas station. I told him I had no cash on me, but if he told me which pump his car was parked at I would swipe my card at the cashier. He made some excuse that he was parked at some far away gas station and left.
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I just don't care if I'm honest. I don't have an ounce of compassion left in me.
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gildiin wrote:

I always keep something like a granola bar or a bag of chips in my car just in case. I've had too many people refuse and ask for money instead or simply throw the food away when they think I am not looking. Also had a guy ask for gas money at a gas station. I told him I had no cash on me, but if he told me which pump his car was parked at I would swipe my card at the cashier. He made some excuse that he was parked at some far away gas station and left.


So true when my friends and I went out for spring break in high-school we came across a homeless guy that had a sign that said money for food. One of my friends felt bad went to a gas station bought peanut butter and jelly, a loaf of bread and some water for the guy. He gave it to him and the guy look in the bag and took out the peanut butter and threw it at my friend face. Being young we laugh at my friend and had to hold him back from beating the old guy. Homeless guy wanted McDonalds. I don't really give unless I honestly believe they need the help.
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honestly would you do this?
Posted 5/23/15
I try to help whoever I run by. Usually by giving them food if I happen to have leftovers from a restaurant I just got out of or buy them something from a place nearby.
I almost never give money to homeless. I usually don't have cash on me, just my debit card.
I'd have no problem helping them out if I wasn't so poor.
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