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Old 07-10-2008, 11:44 PM    (permalink
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In this thread, we shall discuss the situation of Panhandling.

Do you cough up some change for the poor lad? Do you ignore them? Yell at them? Where are you panhandled most often? Have you ran into the same person more than once, perhaps with a different story as to why they need the change?

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I think all homeless should be rounded up into a giant halfway house where we provide them with blankets containing the measles or some other such disease to ensure they are no longer a problem. Homeless people really piss me off.
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no. and no. this thread sucks. f minus.
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Where I go out drinking in the city there's a bus stop that drops me off right at the casino where I wait for a few people who're coming from different areas. Whenever I wait outside there homeless people never leave me the **** alone. Drives me insane.
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I think all homeless should be rounded up into a giant halfway house where we provide them with blankets containing the measles or some other such disease to ensure they are no longer a problem. Homeless people really piss me off.
No sense in me rambling on when you said it so well.
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Since it's impossible to tell who is homeless because they were unwillingly put in a bad situation, and who brought in on themselves, I give them nothing.
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Well since there is only one known Homeless person in the town i live in she refuses everything you try and give her. Then come to find out she choices to be homeless and she has a house up in buffalo and she actually has money. So I dont give money.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:40 AM    (permalink
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Theres a funny one in downtown Detroit. Hes got a drum set and... he is funny
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theres a guy that plays the saxophone after every pittsburgh event

he always plays country roads when he sees my wvu hat, so i give him a couple bucks; dont know if hes homeless though

i look at their shoes; i always see ones wearing nikes and tims (timberlands); those cost like $80; they're not gettin money from me
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um no, theyre just gonna buy beer with the money and they should go find a job those lazy asses
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Some of them are Okay. There are some goofy Hobos in downtown Nashville. One tags "JFK3" all over the place because he believes he's JFK Jr's son. Another goes by Mr. Wonderful. I've seen him around twice. Once, his story was he needed money to pay an outstanding parking ticket. The next time he needed some change to take a bus down to Atlanta to visit his Aunt. Also, you'll get a ton of street performers in Nashville. Particularly on Broadway.
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Haha.. the guy who hangs out by Ford Field? He's always freestyling on people walking by?
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and the one with the signs that make u feel guilty i just stopped reading the signs after that
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I once had a conversation with a Homeless guy outside of Joe Louis Arena.. I don't remember his story but the first thing he asked me was "You aren't afraid of black people, are you?" I gave him a few dollars.
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HA yep. He's pretty good.
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I like to reward creativity when I see homeless guys with signs. For instance, this guy here would receive a dollar.

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I always give homeless people money. Last time i was in Atlanta I went through close to 50 dollars. being in the military i always put myself in their shoes since a majority of them are vets who were chewed up and spit out by the VA.
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It's just as hard for me to make money as the next guy. No way in hell do I give money to a stranger for no good reason. Stop asking for money and start asking for job applications. Pull your own damn weight. I'm not a tit, you're not a suckling. If we all walked around with our hands out, we'd all be broke.

What I really hate is how a few of the grocery stores in my area ask if you want your change to go to some charity crap. Hell no. You charge me 89 cents for a single damn lemon, 3 bucks for an avocado, 10 bucks for a 22oz beer, your margins are excellent. You want to give to charity, then take a percentage of all those times you rounded up your prices and do so. That damn change adds up quick and can pay a bill at the end of the month. And everybody already makes a tremendous charitable contribution with every dollar they make, through taxes. Nobody's getting a penny out of me unless they earn it like I did or I know them personally and want to help them.
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Most panhandlers are either crooks who live in huge houses and just panhandle for a living, or are addicted to drugs and use any money they get to buy those drugs they are addicted to.

Believe it or not, most panhandlers live in bigger houses than you or me. I once heard a story of a family of panhandlers who worked in 3 hour shifts, and made at least a couple grand a day tax free.

So, I never give them any money, as most of them are insincere, and I recommend no one give them money. However, if you feel the need to donate money to the homeless, give it real organizations that you know will go directly to helping the homeless. That's the best way to help them, IMO.
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Most panhandlers are either crooks who live in huge houses and just panhandle for a living, or are addicted to drugs and use any money they get to buy those drugs they are addicted to.

Believe it or not, most panhandlers live in bigger houses than you or me. I once heard a story of a family of panhandlers who worked in 3 hour shifts, and made at least a couple grand a day tax free.

So, I never give them any money, as most of them are insincere, and I recommend no one give them money. However, if you feel the need to donate money to the homeless, give it real organizations that you know will go directly to helping the homeless. That's the best way to help them, IMO.
I really don't believe that that is actually true. A lot of these beggars truly are homeless and many of them suffer from mental illnesses that the average person just wouldn't understand. I think we should all be a little more understanding and charitable in our daily lives. A lot of these people truly need the help of those who can afford to give up a dollar or two.

That's not to say that true pan handlers don't exist because they do, but I like to think that their are different types of homeless people who actually need financial aide and shouldn't be persecuted because of the minority who are dishonest.
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Originally Posted by 24cadillac24 View Post
I really don't believe that that is actually true. A lot of these beggars truly are homeless and many of them suffer from mental illnesses that the average person just wouldn't understand.I think we should all be a little more understanding and charitable in our daily lives. A lot of these people truly need the help of those who can afford to give up a dollar or two.

That's not to say that true pan handlers don't exist because they do, but I like to think that their are different types of homeless people who actually need financial aide and shouldn't be persecuted because of the minority who are dishonest.
There are real homeless people, and a lot of them suffer from mental illness, but the reality is most of the true homeless people mind their own business and don't beg.

Even if your right, which your not, what would giving a few bucks to a man with a serious mental illness do? Nothing. Like I said, if you want to be charitable, give your money to organizations that work with the homeless. Your money would be best used there because they work on rehabilitating the homeless and giving them a shelter and some food.

It is incredibly stupid though to give handouts to them, because there is a good chance that money is either going to be spent on booze or drugs, or it's some crook making a living.
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