Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Panhandling

Sure, I'm the "expert" on the subject of panhandling. But what about you? What have you experienced? What are your thoughts on it? Please voice your ideas in the comment section - and be sure to fill out the survey in the right hand column. Thanks.

7 comments:

  1. I at times give to panhandlers at other times I don't. The vast majority who give are those who are scraping by themselves.

    Unlike many, it has never been a problem for me to talk with panhandlers either, and, I do so on a regular basis, even when my funds are non-existant. I figure maybe a few words can help at least the mental component for the person since it lets them know they are human and not seen as worthless.

    Over the years, I've given money, blankets, clothing (shirts, sweaters, trousers) and food.

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  2. I have never given to a panhandler, but that doesn't mean I never would. I guess depending on the situation, place, time, etc. There are several factors. I would not give to a panhandler if they asked every single person, perhaps bothering others. I would give to someone who didn't ask.

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  3. They oughta require a $10 license to panhandle.

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  4. Kevin:

    There are relatively few panhandlers in my region, so the few that are about are ones I generally have come to know and talk with. For me, they are fixtures of my environment, much like the worker at the news stand, or the fellow working behind the counter at the 7-11.

    I try to chip in with some change for each of the regulars I have come to know, and I will often offer them a cigar or some other small item to help make their day a bit nicer.

    PipeTobacco

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  5. I have given to panhandlers in the past, but only those who seem to be working for it. The guys and gals who perform on the street or do magic tricks, or make balloon animals, or read palms, or tell stories, or draw or sell their art are more likely to get something from me.

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  6. I'm not often downtown, so I don't pass many panhandlers, but when I am and do, I try to give (including the folks who sell the local homeless newspaper, Streetwise, although I don't really consider that panhandling, per se). I've never had a bad experience with anyone. When I was on jury duty a couple years ago, I had one girl about college age who struck me as possibly mildly mentally retarded approach me and ask if I could buy her a sandwich. We had a short lunch break that day so I didn't go with her, but I gave her a ten and she was extremely sweet and gracious. I look back and wish I'd gone with her anyway; I suspect she could've used someone to talk to.

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  7. Well I lived in south bend indiana for about 2 years. I lived downtown of that for about one month. anyone guess why? Well first thing is no jobs, simple ah? perfect for a homeless life. 2nd the people. The people in south bend seem unfriendly, mostly by the life they have to lead I admit. December I lost my good job and had to face being homeless. The fact of panhandling alone kinda scares me, not alone live that life. So much for education, and good smile, that still cant save you... sorry my rants! wanna here more? email:aerowize@yahoo.com... It's a cold world, but even the homeless can pick up chicks!

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