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I never give money, but I have asked homeless people if they'd like a hot drink or a sandwich etc. In my experience they are nothing but grateful and always accept.

I was in London on Wednesday and gave a guy outside Angel tube station a coffee. He was really touched and grabbed my hands and kissed them... which I must admit threw me a bit because I hate having my hands touched in general.
Anyway, yes. They're people. If you can't give them money maybe just ask if they're alright and offer them something to drink.
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I usually buy them food instead of giving them money, though I occasionaly give cash too. Once I gave toys & clothes for a toddler of a homeless woman, and referred her to a homeless shelter ran by my church. I also donate food/cash/clothes/toys/blankets and volunteer to help at local homeless shelters & my church's shelter. They're human being just like us too, just less fortunate. Remember that it could be you too if you lose your job & your home. There's nothing wrong in trying to help them. Like the above poster said, a little kindness can go a long way.
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yeah, i give to the homeless. sometimes a car ride. you just got to know the good kind from the bad.
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I gave one time a total of ten dollars, which was all I had in my wallet, to a couple. I usually donate to formal charities though. I'm one of those people who value their time rather than their money. I got a family ya know.
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I've never seen any homeless, so no. I live in North Queensland though, and I don't think there's any homeless living on the streets at all here.
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ive only done it once
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Depends usually. If you look like you just got off a boat, fuck you, you will get nothing from me. If I see the same homeless person on the same corner for a week or two, then yes I will probably drop a couple bucks for them.

Really, it is just me judging books by its cover. Look dirty and have a scraggly beard? you will probably get some money. Freshly shaven and have headphones in? yup, probably not gonna get anything.

Some people really do just need some help.
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I used to occasionally. These days I've seen too many sitting next to ATM machines so I know they're looking for notes and not change. Some have approached me either just before I attempt to use the ATM or just after. I know there are people who are genuinely in need but it can sometimes be hard to tell. I've seen one person who had a passerby stop and give him information regarding a charity with hostel stay and support. I got the impression that this beggar didn't seem to be receptive to the "helpful" information. The person trying to help went so far to tell the guy that he's been in his position and was helped by this organisation. There's also some regular foreigners (some using children or noticeable disabled people, especially amputees who wave the stumps about )who are part of organised begging gangs/scams. They go or are put out at the most upmarket shopping areas at set times of the day. This is most likely to happen in big city areas. When I was sight seeing in Paris one was calling out for English speakers. I kept quiet because I could see the ploy but my friend next to me hadn't worked it out so she alerted one. Two came over with a sob story note. Apparently English speaking tourists give more than the local French.

One of the ways you can weed them out is to see who's out on the coldest winter days. In my local area which is considered well off (lots of middle class), there may be two or three seen begging irregularly on weekends in the main shopping area. They disappear when it's approaching zero degrees there's temporary hostel places available in cold weather and this gets taken up. There's some advice there on how to get a permanent place and deal with what ever health, employment/education problems they have. There is only one visible homeless guy here. I've been out in the early hours and seen him in his sleeping bag next to the library. He had a pet dog. That excludes you from being accepting into hostels. Locals would buy him and his dog lunch. The last time I saw him the dog wasn't looking too good. I haven't seen him in over a year so I think the dog died and he finally got a hostel place. Hostels in the UK don't require you to be religious or attend any religious service before they feed and give you a bed for the night even if some of them are run by religious groups.

I did once refuse to help a lady because I would be late for work. She didn't appear to be in immediate danger and looked health and clean. Had she been hurt or ill I'd have stayed and called up my work place to explain the delay. I did worry about her later because I'd never had anyone approach me in that area before. When I was walking off someone stopped to find out what's happening with her so I assume she got some help.
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I donate my money to charities that help the homeless. I never give directly to any panhandlers.

My sister got into a scary situation with one not long ago. She had gone to the grocery store, and was in the parking lot where she opened her car door and turned to grab her purse - when she turned back to try to get out of her car this homeless woman was standing inside the door so it couldn't be closed and so my sister couldn't get out. The woman started shaking a used colostomy bag in my sister's face and screaming at her that she needed money for colostomy bags. My sister was afraid this woman would start throwing the stuff all over her and she couldn't get away from her, so she gave her a $10 bill which was all she had in her wallet and the woman screamed more that it wasn't enough and started verbally abusing her but she backed away and let my sister close her car door - she left and went to a different grocery store she was so frightened from the way the woman had acted.

I've had friends in other states who offered money to panhandlers that had knives drawn on them because "it's not enough." and were robbed of whatever cash they had.

Montgomery County Maryland is running a public service campaign about the aggressive panhandling that's going on in our area: http://montgomerycountymd.gov/panhandling/

Arlington Virginia is too: https://www.arlnow.com/2015/09/18/police-dont-give-to-roadside-panhandlers/
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Posted 6/10/16
I rarely do, and only to the elderly. I do not consider anyone who plays music on the street regardless of them being homeless to be a panhandler.
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It is one of the biggest scams in my area. I feel bad because I ignore everyone now. Even the people that maybe just needed directions. It can't be helped though. Usually every "hey bro" or "hey man" is followed by gimme some money or a cigarette or other stupid stuff. They ask it of everyone. So now my programmed response to anyone trying to talk to me on the street is to ignore them or say not interested and walk faster or duck into a store.

Word of advice if you truly want to donate to a cause go for legitimate ones like the ones at the following link.

http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/public/Accredited.aspx?bureauID=9999

The Better Business Bureau allows you to do your homework on them before donating.
Posted 6/10/16 , edited 6/10/16
I live in a welfare state. If they're begging for money, they're either too stupid to understand or accept that they need to go through rehabilitation to get money, or they're from the east bloc, meaning they're not here legally, so I see no reason to care.
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16 / F / Kuto-ko Tokyo Japan
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I will give food, clothes. But not money!
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Posted 6/10/16
yes , i only give them my spare change
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