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Would you become a panhandler by choice ?
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Posted 6/16/17 , edited 6/16/17
There were plenty of cases

Caught on camera: Pregnant beggar with boy drives off in a Mercedes-Benz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CynYgP8PcWc

Is this the Mercedes-Benz beggar? Minus the Benz?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh04mtfABWw

Valley 'Bury My Son' panhandler arrested
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smlYjSM-9lE




This is the most recent one

http://www.king5.com/news/mi-car-dealership-trolls-panhandler-it-says-refused-job-offer/449243400
http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article156328614.html





Preying on people's generosity is the best way to make quick bucks

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This is why I don't give beggars anything. Many are scam artists or work for gangs.
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I'm more inclined to give money to panhandlers when they actually do something for it anyway. Like if they're selling art or playing music or something.
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I will give out water. I'll just buy a pack of 36 - 8 oz water bottles (for $3) from Costco and just hand them out. It's more valuable--- especially in this heat.
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I'm more pissed that society encourages begging (how many times does some charity or some school group come to your door asking for money? I don't mind giving, but when you have children out on the streets asking strangers in front of stores for money rather than holding an *actual* fundraising event, like a car wash or a bake sale, it reinforces that begging is the answer. Same with 99% of Kickstarter and Indiegogo etc. projects. It's all begging).

I also don't like that begging is more profitable than an honest day's work. And i'm not pissed at those that are maximizing their profitability, but for the system in place that makes it more profitable.
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serifsansserif wrote:

I'm more pissed that society encourages begging (how many times does some charity or some school group come to your door asking for money? I don't mind giving, but when you have children out on the streets asking strangers in front of stores for money rather than holding an *actual* fundraising event, like a car wash or a bake sale, it reinforces that begging is the answer. Same with 99% of Kickstarter and Indiegogo etc. projects. It's all begging).

I also don't like that begging is more profitable than an honest day's work. And i'm not pissed at those that are maximizing their profitability, but for the system in place that makes it more profitable.


^ perfect summary of my beliefs on this.
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When I think of panhandling I think of people like going door to door or being in front of a grocery store asking for money and in my opinion that is unacceptable. I've had many times where I will be going to the grocery store minding my own business and then suddenly when I get to my truck someone is following me and asking me for money. I'm just trying to mind my own business and don't want to be bothered at the grocery store and it makes me really uncomfortable for people to follow me to my truck and ask me for money. When panhandling is like that then I find it very rude and I don't think people should be asking for money in front of businesses or disturbing people in their homes and asking for money then too. It's not cool at all.
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I used to live a place strewn with panhandlers, and it was frustrating at times.
Some people really had a need to get a few pieces of change, but it was rather affluent town, which provided tons of support and slightly better than average supplies for those in need.

The annoying ones were the runaways, young and old, who were using the tactic to make their wealthy family look bad. There were at least 10 times when I knew someone had just had a "money" argument with a family member so they had a sign with some childish stuff about needing a few bucks because they were down on their luck.
Most of the time the individuals had done something rather illegal, like set up a distillery in their home, or tried to grow weed before it was legal, and the family took offense and scolded them. So there they were trying to make everyone feel bad for them by pretending to be broke and homeless.
Which screws over those people who need real support.

I have a slightly different perspective on the subject.
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I rather go in the mountains or back woods and live/die as a hermit than panhandle.
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Haven't given a dime to a panhandler and I never will. 99% of the time it's for drugs & booze.

There's this panhandler I see just about every day to work. She sticks her belly out and rubs it to pretend she's pregnant. Apparently she's been pregnant for 10 years.
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^^^ i can attest to this. every dime i get panhandling goes straight into my arm

...it is true that most of them are mad junkies tho. there's this one fella who stands at the intersection when you're coming out of the supermarket, been there for years. he's a known dope fiend, in a small community, and people still give him their money. this is why god gave us paint ball guns
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If someone is begging for money on the street, you don't get to offer them some ignorant bullshit that you think will help and then criticise them for not wanting it. This person has problems. You don't know the details.

They have their reasons for not taking whatever you offered them, and the overwhelming majority of the time it is something shitty and embarrassing that they don't want to tell you. Plus, your holier-than-thou bullshit offends them, so they lie about why they don't want it to try and make you feel bad. After all, you just made them feel bad.

So hey! Why not actively try to fuck up what tiny little remnant of a life they have? I mean, they hurt your feelings. With your business and your job and shit. They should die like a dog in the street.
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cdarklock wrote:
They should die like a dog in the street.


I have been homeless, without a dime to my name, and was for some time. Never begged for money, and guess what? I didn't die. If someone has kids, the time they spend spanging would be better utilized seeking financial aid and a whaddya call it.. oh yeah, JOB.
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Would I become a panhandler by choice? No. But I hear those that do as a profession - make good.
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no.
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