Should I Give Money To Homeless People?

You’re driving in your car, come to a stoplight and see someone holding a sign on the side of the road asking for money. Should you give them money?

That decision is totally up to you, it’s your money.

Here’s what I think:
After doing my Homeless Experiment I got to know more about homeless habits, even more so than when I did the Bottled Water Experiment.

There are several ways bums commonly make money:

  • Flying a sign: Holding a sign on the side of the road.
  • Panhandling: Walking around at gas stations, streets, busy parks, supermarkets etc. and asking people for money.
  • Random Hustles: Washing windshields at stoplights, pointing out parking spots and other relatively useless services.

Different areas, climates and populations promote or discourage different types of efforts.

This time I experienced a part of Austin, TX. called Riverside as well as the Downtown area. Riverside bums camp out in the woods or live under a bridge. To get food they dumpster dive, panhandle (aka walking around at gas stations or supermarket asking people) or fly signs. People often give food.

For food the Downtown homeless population simply goes to one of many free soup kitchens or organizations that provide free meals. I was VERY well fed when pretending to be homeless in downtown Austin. For extra money they may panhandle for a short while, or they can go to a day labor center and get a manual labor job for the day (although almost none actually do this).

For the most part food seems to be easily available (at least here in Austin) no matter where you go.

So if food is taken care of, where does that money you give bums go? I’d say less than 20% goes to food, and most goes to drugs and alcohol (from what I saw, mainly beer).

After observing the lifestyle many of these people lead, I feel relatively little sympathy, and don’t particularly feel like giving them any money.



So should you give them money?
In short, my answer is: NO.

Why I won’t give:

  • It supports bums standing on street corners begging or panhandling all over the place, and I don’t like that.
  • It almost all goes towards alcohol.
  • There are usually plenty of places to go for a meal.
  • It’s usually only the chronically homeless that stand outside flying signs or panhandling for money.
  • Most “real” homeless people who have temporarily fallen on hard times rarely ask for money in any of these ways.

So those are some of my reasons. It’s very obvious that many people DO give, it’s an economic truth that if no one gave, they wouldn’t be out there trying for very long.

However if YOU decide to give away YOUR money, that’s your personal decision. A lot of people will even voluntarily buy bums cigarettes or beer. Once again, that’s a personal decision.

I especially hate giving money to bums downtown in my area, because I found out just how easy it was to get a free meal, plenty of food and even temporary jobs.

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    Blog posted on: June 22, 2009

    46 comments on “Should I Give Money To Homeless People?

    1. John

      Good post. I agree with your observations and comments.

      I don't know about the social system in the USA but in Australia, if you don't work you are entitled to cold hard cash from the government.

      There are two levels

      - Youth Allowance – for full-time students aged 16 to 24 OR unemployed people aged under 21

      - Newstart Allowance – for people aged over 21 who are unemployed or are temporarily unable to work due to illness, injury or disability.

      Just one example. There are lots of different levels and such but for a single unemployed person over 21 they are entitled to $453.30 per fortnight!

      There is also government housing, government rental assistance, and community housing.

      There is so much help and money, but there are still people living on the streets.
      People do not have enough will power to help themselves.

      This is why I refuse to give money to a homeless person.

      If a homeless person came to me and said something like. "I want to change my life but I don't know what I can do. Can you help?" id say sure.
      I would point him in the right direction of all the places that can help.
      But this is not what they ask for.

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      1. Lisa Hunt

        I agree with your reasoning unfortunately, the USA is not totally caught up with you! People here get much less and most of the time, you’re on a waiting list. I have asked for help before to catch a bus and one time for a drink of water! It is a very humbling experience. I honestly do not know how these people do what they do. It is sad really. They are still people though, and they gave up. The drugs and alcohol are most likely masking there lonliness and pain. I wish more people would understand this but if you’ve never been there and I don’t mean just pretending, I mean really been there, you’d never understand! I really don’t like the term bums as it’s kind of prejudicial. Most of them were people, children just the like the rest of society who went through a hell of there own. So the author really needs to show some love and be a human being! As to you, I think I understand where you are coming from. My husband and I have helped many. I have been taken advantage of and had belongings stolen when in a homeless shelter numerous times but I still feel love for them. Each has their own reason for what brought them to become who they are. They’ve already given up, we should encourage and be their hope for a better tomorrow!! I would still help anyone of these people, any day and if I had millions, I would start getting them reasonable living places where they could each have their own room, not live in a room sheltered with hundreds of other people! I wish I had millions, so I could help change the world!!

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    2. Staff

      I don't give money to any of them that hold signs. Only because if you can hold a sign begging for money, you can spin a sign for a condo complex. I see those jerks everywhere and its a legitimate job.

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    3. whatahoax

      I agree its only enabling them to continue to do drugs and alcohol. I believe they should have the right to choose whether or not they are bums but not on my dime.

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      1. N/A

        your a fag, no heart at all. Hope you face the same situation that they are going through, You need a reality check. Its people like you who dont have any respect for the human race and is a greedy a$$hole who is selfish and think that everything is easy when its not, get a life, stop talking smack about homeless people and mind your own business if you have nothing nice to say about homeless people. If anything your the true bum who gets it easy. Go %%ck yourself.

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        1. Lisa Hunt

          You really made a great point!! I like your passion! Homeless people are still people and I help where I can, I was in their shoes before and it sucks!

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      2. Lisa Hunt

        You need to get a heart, you’re the true disease in America!!

        Quoting my husband, a veteran, “You rich, arrogant ass!!”

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    4. Oke

      I feel your report has taught me so so much. I don't want to give money to them at all. I know Austin is a different place than other parts of the country, but it seems like there are tons of activities for the homeless and they are not taking advantage of them.

      Again, I have to remember that these people have issues that they are dealing with, I don't know what is actually going on in their heads.

      Since I'm with you of not giving them any money, I might have a couple of beers with them to get their story.

      I wonder if it will work.

      Nev,

      So are you going to give them anything, besides the things you have already given out? Do you feel they are a lost cause?

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    5. Adam Gilbert

      Nev, love the blog man! Been reading for a while and this homeless experiment really resonated with me. A while back I wrote a post about an idea I have to solve the homeless problem.

      Now that you did this experiment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and if you think it has potential. Homeless people are all over NYC and it's something I think about a lot!

      http://www.gurugilbert.com/2008/07/10/my-brilliant-idea-on-how-to-solve-the-homeless-problem-at-least-in-nyc/

      Keep up the great and interesting work!

      -Adam

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    6. Anonymous

      How cute… an affluent geek pretends to be homeless for a few days with a sleeping bag and thinks he can make sweeping moral generalizations.

      How about you learn a little more about the mental health issues surrounding homeless (most of whom are vets) before you pretend to know what you are talking about.

      You can't paint everyone in such a broad brush from some short pseudo-fieldwork experience.

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      1. Lisa Hunt

        I totally agree with you! He is so rude!! Many are much deeper than what he is painting them to be!!! How weak and little minded some people are! Great comments!

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    7. B. Dooley

      You should give some serious consideration to becoming a sociologist. As a sociologist you can earn money doing these kinds of "experiments". We prefer the term field work or, even better, ethnography.

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    8. Drew

      I used to go fishing every year up in Canada on a First Nation (Indian) reservation. The natives lived in a small village and owned a few thousand acres, tax free. They also had a casino and leased recreational fishing rights. Combined every native made about $20,000 a year, also tax free. They didn't need to work or seek higher education and virtually none of them did. What they did do was drink and do drugs and get in a lot of fights. Before my first visit I thought how noble and proud they must be. It was quite the opposite.

      So we go ahead and give the homeless a free pass and get the same result. Anyone that doesn't need to work for their dinner loses respect for life. That is the tragedy.

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      1. Lisa Hunt

        But it is sad that the same ones who actually are just in the low position get treated the same as the ones who are drinking! They do have deeper needs that are being addressed! Most of the homeless who choose to stay in the situation are battling depression and despair and feeling so low. The ones in a temporary bind, usually get out but are labeled the same. I have never had that mindset though I was homeless on and off for a few years! I only asked a few people at a few different times! Let me tell you, even asking for $.50 to $1 is humbling and most people look at you like you’re desperate. How many of you men, I’m talking to any men on this and yes, even the poster have paid for a hooker or stripper? Let me tell you even pornstars, many have the same mentality only they sell their bodies. I could have and taken the easy way out. I was very attractive but I kept my soul and lost my dignity! It’s humbling but some people need to stop judging for you may eventually be in the same situation, don’t ever say you won’t ever, how can you know what tomorrow brings your way especially you being native american!!

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    9. Devin

      It's great that you made the effort to understand homelessness, but in your decision to not give money to homeless people, you state that you're asserting that they choose to be homeless.

      In making your decision, you have fully ignored the causes of homelessness, such as alcoholism, substance abuse issues, and mental health problems. I assure you, as a medical professional, that these are all diseases that have been shown, time and time again, to NOT be under the control of the sufferer.

      How can you begin to imagine that somebody would VOLUNTARILY dig through a dumpster for food? Is there an other choice? Yes, for Neville Medhora, an extremely intelligent, healthy, well-adjusted human being, there is a choice. Not for someone with schizophrenia who has lived on the street for the last 40 years.

      I hope in the future you'll refrain from making huge – and erroneous – generalizations

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    10. Anonymous

      It seems very clear that Neville is expressing his opinion.

      He is not proposing a law or policy that will affect a large group of homeless people. He is not making huge generalizations.

      Except for the one person who works with homeless people, the rest of the negative comments seem to be coming from people who have no first hand experience living as a homeless person.

      Neville went to a lot of effort to learn something. What's the harm in that? He did not hurt anyone. Are you saying he should encourage people to give money to beggars, even if he does not believe in that?

      Neville didn't even say his opinion covered homeless people outside of Austin! He went to a lot of trouble to stay away from generalizations. He tried to link all his opinions to his experience!

      Please! Be more constructive!

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    11. The Gooroo @ Finance Advisory Stop

      Devin,

      Please put a bit more thought into what you have to say, before you say it. I'm only 17, and I could have come up with something a lot more intelligent to say. Nev made no generalizations. He simply used Austin as an example. Those homeless people that have been there for 40 years, have a choice. As much as you want to say they don't, they DO.

      If they really wanted, they could get off those streets, and make something of their life. It is a personal decision of their own.

      Either way, Nev was NOT bashing homeless people, he was simply making a point.

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      1. Lisa Hunt

        You don’t think calling somebody a Bum isn’t bashing? If I called a homosexual, a fag. Is that a bash? If I called a black person a nigger, is that bashing, yes!!! I don’t ever do that but I am making a point. We all equate bums to low lives. He is bashing. The whole article is meant to teach that homeless people have a choice and all have wonderful lives and are just milking the system! He is stating his opinion, no more than anyone else! But we all have the right to give an opinion! He is very discrimatory. Even a medical professional commented. Most homeless have a mental illness. I was raped and severely abused and malnurished as a child. I grew up and was kicked out of my college because of suicidal issues I was going through! Yes, I am on disability. Yes, I leach off good hard working americans but let me tell you something, I think having a man push his huge penis into me at the age of three and then at the age of four constitutes me as worthy of recieving that check. I have worked. Don’t think all homeless or disabled haven’t. I have. I have many emotional issues and have gone through counseling most of my life, dealing with abuse. I’ve been raped many times as an adult and got used to it. It’s sad to even think a person can get used to being used as a sex object but I am one such case. All homeless people are not bad or trying to milk the system. Many have been productive members of society. Many are hurting and in pain. Before he can rationalize all homeless, he should have done more research and friended some of them, getting to know who they are not what they do. That’s my thoughts and opinion, we all have them and none are wrong, just another point of view in the shoes of someone who’s walk in life, you probably never want to have in your wildest dreams!!

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    12. Financial Problems

      Financial problems are real mess and nobody from real life is shielded from its effects..
      After the economical breakdown of this world, the effects are more severe!
      In my opinion we should help the poor and needy people but not bums whose sole purpose is begging!

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    13. Sheer Blind Luck

      Back in January of 2004 I was in a homeless shelter for a month. I was tired of being beat up by my dad and I was newly 18. I had called the police and they had placed me there. There are time limits at this particular place. Two weeks for homeless and 45 days for domestic violence victims. Food and support is easy to get. All that was required of us was to do one daily chore and keep our rooms clean. Food was provided at certain hours during the day. When we left we were all set up with apartments/living situations, assistance via food stamps, the food bank, etc. Most people who lived there did at least one type of drug. I remember my roommate smoking crack in the bathroom with the vent going and two other of her "friends" with her. After we were out, all of the people I was connected to lost their homes and ended up going to another shelter. Some just didn't want to go to work, the other had her baby and the father didn't help. I'm not sure what happened to them, but I worked hard and got out of that situation. At least it was just and experiment and something serious didn't happen where you lost your job and everyone who would help you. However, several people seem to bring homelessness on themselves.

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    14. Anonymous

      Right now I live in central Wisconsin I know what homelessness feels like and I might be there again with three teenagers. I almost want to go out and hold up one of those signs but cant get myself to do that. I do have a job, but it does not pay enough and I cant get the gas turned on due to the fact that
      I cant afford it. Today I have enough gas to get to work but am not sure if I can make it tommorrow. That is how some people become homeless. Have a job but lose it then they lose everything house, car, everything. Losing a job just because they cant get there. I am also going to college online but I am lucky I can pick up the internet where I am at. I will probably be losing college also because I will need to sell the last thing I own worth anything and that is my computer. There are some people I admit that dont need the money and claim they are homeless but are not. I have tried getting help through agencies but they send me other places and that costs money too for gas which is hard to get that kind of money. I know it is an opinion you hold about the homeless but if I was you I would dig deeper into your thoughts and giving.I have not came to this sight before but if you have a comment for me e-mail me at theresaabbott@peoplepc.com

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    15. jack

      I spend a lot of time monitoring Austin Police Dept. data. One thing that I have found is that the biggest use of police resources is interaction with the homeless (I suspect the same applies to EMS but I don't have data for this). There are many homeless people who have been arrested over 50 times.

      Try this…go to
      CLICK HERE

      and enter your Austin zip code to find out who has been arrested the most in your area. Then click on the arrestee's name and view their arrest record. In many cases, the arrest signature of people with many arrests is that of a homeless person. We all want to reduce misery in the world but over the long term giving money to solicitors only prolongs it.

      Jack
      krimelabb.com

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    16. Drew

      I agree – awesome site Jack. I think I recognized one of the panhandlers that I see almost every day on my way home from work.

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    17. Markie

      ok lets go over what this dummy is saying
      “it supports standing on the streets and begging” it is so hard for homeless people to find a job because they dont have a cell phone or an e mail address for them to call them back. “it almost all goes to alchol” ok yes it might go to alchol at times and if thats what they want to do insteed of getting food then so be it you did the right thing stop trying to CONTROL everthing in your power. “there are usualy many places for them to go” I dont see many places or hear about them what if they are to far away for them to go they dont have a car and try to ride the busses there are more liqor stores then shelters its closer to get it and eaiser. “Its only the Chronically homeless people well duh that means that they are il and have some mental problem they need help and dont have any help thats all that i have to say

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    18. guest

      you are stupid, ignorant, and stupid again. don’t try to comprehend an issue that is clearly beyond your narrow frame of mind. it only highlights your prejudices.

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    19. Piotr

      hello, need financial assistance, the bailiff takes me 50% of the payment
      for the work I do not have the money to support his family. I have a 2 year
      old son, I can lose your home please help. contact -
      piotr198111@interia.eu

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    20. Anonymous

      I love how the most inane and ridiculous broad generalizations come from the ignorant lemming like upper classes who grew up very sheltered and have had relatively little difficulty in their lives because their parents covered their asses for them their entire lives.

      Pretending to know what it is like to be truly homeless after a weekend experiment, is like claiming to be a heart surgeon after reading a few cardio facts out of a medical textbook.

      There are a wide variety of reasons people become homeless and it generally involves the state or government screwing up and failing to provide for it’s citizens.

      Homeless people come from all backgrounds and have a wide variety of reasons for being homeless.

      Some reasons being:

      * Mental Illness
      * Physical Disabilities or Illnesses
      * Sudden Loss of Employment
      * Being thrown out by parents or significant other
      * Being exploited by the financial sector (large portion of recent increases in homelessness)
      * Unethical Landlords
      * Minimum wage just doesnt cut it these days either so even when a job and hard work some people still cant pay their bills
      * Huge medical bills from illness
      * Natural Events such as earthquake, floods, tornadoes etc
      * A general series of unfortunate events that can happen to anyone

      Theres a long list of reasons people end up homeless and most of them do not involve alcohol and drugs.Many people also only pick up their habits long after they have been on the streets and do so to try and numb the pain.

      People mistakenly assume that everyone follows the rules in realm of society and that if we fall ill or become disabled that the appropriate agencies will be there to fix things and this just isnt the case.Many people who end up disabled for a variety of reasons and cannot work at all either are unable to get benefits due to the extreme cost of doctor’s appointments which end up being paid out of pocket to prove it satisfactorily and often times a lawyer is needed to fight for benefits.I’ve personally known a couple cases where people were disabled due to heart failure and it took 2 to 4 years to get due benefits.Do you think that debtors will wait four years to be paid? No, of course not. What happens? You end up homeless. If you cant pay for bills and housing you end up homeless.

      Very few people become homeless due to bad habits like drugs or alcohol and represents a tiny portion of the true homeless population.

      In regards to attempting to make it seem like homeless people contribute to crime and that we should eradicate this problem, far more crimes are committed by wealthy or middle class individuals than homeless. As to why many have repeated arrests, if I were to give you a choice between laying down and dying in the streets or committing a crime to survive, what would you choose? I dont know anyone who would choose to lay down and die in the streets.Some people just have serious mental issues as well. But the homeless are no more mental than anyone else.Police and service men/women routinely are involved in horrendous crimes sometimes over the entire course of their careers. Does this mean we should seek to eradicate those who service this country? Of course not.

      So many people seem to think it is so easy to get benefits or assistance when in fact there are no benefits for many demographics.Especially white males over age 19.

      Also for many homeless it is very difficult to obtain records to apply in the first place and all benefits require a permanent residence generally.

      Shelters are also another issue.Shelter staff are often asinine or criminal and treat many homeless as their personal toys or emotional punching bags.There are many cases of sexual harassment or assault on homeless by staff and even other homeless.The shelters tend to be filled with vile people on both sides of things and your personal possessions will be stolen quite quickly, since the shelter cant be bothered with locker or personal storage that can be secured.Shelters also cater mostly to women or women and children with men being last in line unless they have their entire family with them on the streets.Single white males over 19 have the worst deal when it comes to homelessness.

      Generally when people make such broad generalizations against homelessness it is because they have little to no experience with homeless people or being homeless personally and tend to come from middle or upper class families who have spoiled them incessantly.At least this has been my experience.

      The issue runs deeper than the homeless.The main issue is that society and government has failed to take care of it’s citizens as it was designed to do.The issue is capitalist greed and classist divisions.I guarantee that those who are anti-homeless and being completely ignorant today will be singing a different tune when they end up on the other side of the fence and with how the economy is being run into the ground this could be anyone tomorrow.One in ten people nationally are currently unable to gain employment including many college graduates.No employment eventually = homeless in most cases.

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      1. Anonymous

        Oh and as far as employment goes, how the hell is anyone going to be hired with no recent previous employment and no address among other issues.Theyre not.Especially if they dont have proper documentation and ID.Employers discriminate heavily against people who havent worked recently and this has been the subject of journalism quite recently among other scrutiny employers put people through.Most homeless will have their applications binned very quickly with no chance given even if they have proper documentation and ID which many do not.

        If they dont have any transport their choices are very limited for job opportunities ( which most have no transportation) which reduces their chances for employment even further.

        The deck is stacked against the homeless and laws are unethically and immorally applied indirectly to make being homeless a crime.Afterall we dont want people to see how much society or a particular city has failed nor do we want non-taxable citizens in our cities.How dare they not pay their tribute to the government so that we may use the money for abortions and wars.

        Shelters are also designed to keep homeless off the streets so the hours require individuals to be in by a certain time which may range from 7 to 10 pm and often require its residents to vacate during the day.This also drastically reduces what employment one may gain.No night shifts and limited hours for 2nd shifters.That is again if you can even get into a shelter.

        People seem to view the homeless as a scourge or plague but the real problems in society emanate in much greater numbers among the homed and the well to do.

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    21. rachel

      Hey Nev! I just finished reading the entire reportings of your experiment! I work in downtown l.a. on skid row and am very passionate about the issue of homelessness.
      First I’d like to say; congratulations, I very impressed by your desire to execute this experiment — it took guts and intelligence and your finds and thoughts are fascinating.
      Second; I appreciate your understanding of chronic homelessness vs short-term homelessness — there is a huge difference, which is very infrequently recognized.
      Third; Can you pleeeease refrain from calling homeless people “bums?” It’s painful to read, as I feel that is only adds to the mindset of seeing homeless people as products of sorts, as opposed to humans.
      Fourth; I do agree that alcohol is a huge issue within the homeless population and although many of your observations seem accurate, I don’t feel that the cycle of addiction and the desire to escape past pain was addressed, which is HUGE.
      Fifth; MENTAL ILLNESS! I wish this would have been addressed, as so often it is the MAIN factor in chronic homelessness.
      Sixth; Sorry, I have written far too much, but as I stated, I am VERY passionate about this subject!
      Lastly; In an attempt to show people just how amusing and endearing homeless people can be, I started a blog of my own — check it out if you wish! http://hitonbythehomeless.wordpress.com

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    22. Anonymous

      I started college a few weeks ago, and the town it’s located in has many homeless people/panhandlers on the streets. The town I grew up in had no homeless people, so I guess I wasn’t desensitized yet, so at first I gave money to most of the ones I passed – up to maybe a hundred dollars altogether. Then I started reading some posts online about how we shouldn’t give them money, and I started wondering.

      A couple days ago, as I was leaving a grocery store I saw a homeless man. I hesitated but couldn’t just walk away so I reached for my wallet but couldn’t find it, and I realized I must have left it in the store. I rushed back inside and – believe it or not – there was already somebody looking through it and taking out my cash and credit card. I yelled out, and he made some lame excuse and gave it to me. If I hadn’t decided to give the homeless man some money, I wouldn’t have noticed that I’d lost my wallet until it was too late. I’m not a very religious person, but I like to think it was a sign from some sort of higher being that giving to the homeless is a good thing.

      Feel free to disagree, but I better start carrying smaller bills!

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    23. Ryan

      I ran into a homeless guy today while renting a movie at the Redbox at a local gas station. First time its ever happened to me actually. He was obviously drunk and ranting and raving about how his friend who is gay died in a car accident, he must of realized I was gay so he said something that made me feel bad for him. Loser!!! Anyway gave him three bucks just so he would leave me alone than I look and he ran across the street to the local bar. I went home and my mom told me never to do it again and I learned my lesson, do NOT give homeless people money unless you know for certain where that money is going.

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    24. Anonymous

      bruce mullee
      bb21070@gmail.com

      if you dislike me for being homeless,i dont care and dont want to hear about it.anyone genuinely curious to learn what ive learned on the streets for the purposes of exposing fraud and helping real needy people,i will be more then happy to help.

      i find it funny how everything spins.there are hundreds of these college kids and rich offspring that walk onto the streets and “infiltrate homelessness”.first off,why not just walk up and ask a homeless person?a real homeless person is going to give you answers.you can spot them from the junkies and the con artists,its simple really.junkies and cons are after one thing,your cash,so they are going to make up stories to get it,and the story will just grow and grow until you walk away in hopes that time will equal more money.

      i would say 80% of beggars are addicted to narcotics or alcohol,but leave the real figures to people paid to figure them.but they area scam,and to punish real needy people for it,is it worth it to you?.should i kick my housecat because i see a lion on tv eat a cute little gazelle?not very christian.

      you know there are good honest homeless people out there,i know,as i am one of them.i do not drink,i do not do drugs,and i do not talk to invisible friends or hack up strangers because i suffer from some mental handicap.i am simply homeless due to circomstance.

      yes,there is food out there for the asking.but honestly,
      wouldnt you rather go order your food at mcdonalds then stand in line with all the crazy and addicted people stinking up the isle and contemplating how to steal your stuff.well,maybe thats just me,but i dont use food lines or homeless shelters because they are desease ridden,and quite frankly for the real homeless people like me dangerous.plus i have a dog which prevents any real hands on services,but thats ok.
      i am a traveler.i hitchike around and only make stops to put money in my pocket.i use the cardboard sign method known as “signing”.i use the money for food and the occasional motel room for a shower and night off when my sweat pores scream for mercy.
      am i lazy,you try to be homeless for a few days and accomplish just the basic things you would in a normal day at your house on the street and with no resources and then ask.i would gladly work,but i have a discinigrating left kneecap and most employers take one look at it and pass me by for the mexican with the hangover.my wallet was stolen last february which keeps me from any real job i could get.
      but im sure im just another no good lazy turd from across the street,and thats ok.i wonder how our pioneers,your ancesters,wouldve done in america without begging for assistance.lol.
      god bless,lighten up guys.

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    25. TimB

      I do give money to homeless people, and when I do so, I do so knowing exactly where my money is going. If I had any moral objection to that, I’d frankly feel a bit of a hypocrite. Last time I gave my spare change to a homeless guy, my friend said to me “You shouldn’t give them money you know, they’ll only spend it on drink.”

      A valid argument maybe, but we were on a pub crawl at the time. In all honesty, what exactly did my friend think I was going to spend the money on?

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    27. Dominique

      In my opinion I personally think you should give money to the homeless. I mean if you think about no matter what the homeless do with the money you give them and what they spend it on, your still helping them to get what they need or what they want. My family and I was homeless not once but three times we never had to panhandle or any of that but we was going through a financial struggle and barely had money to live in a hotel and buy food. I just personally think if their homeless your helping someone in need and you’re doing something others won’t dare to do for whatever reason.

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    28. mack

      This is absolute bulls**t. You are not only generalising homeless people but have given a narrow minded, completely stereotypical report of ‘bums’ as you call them. Maybe you should re-evaluate your so called ‘experiment’ and stop writing s**t on your blog.

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    29. mack

      There is no ignoring the fact that most people who live on the streets are getting high on something, instead of getting angry that they are, you need to realise that you would have to be high or drunk to put yourself in constant danger of violence, to lie in your own filth, to be freezing at night and spend the day looking for food. I slept on the streets for two nights and I was absolutely sure I was going to lose my mind. Imagine doing this for weeks, months and years. That is the reality, and if you’re not an addict when you first arrive on the streets, you will be soon.

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