Do you pay bums to go away?

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    Didn't know where else to put this... mods please move it could have a better home.

    Ok, when you're approached by someone "homeless" do you give them money? I don't. I choose where to donate my time or money based on what I see as real need, not who has their hand in my face.

    When I was growing up my grandfather had a small repair business and would get the occasional bum that would come in looking for a hand out. He would tell them he'd give them some money if they would sweep up the place or do some other kind of work. Often he didn't even need the work done, but as he told me, there is a greater principle involved. If they would refuse to work he'd throw them out. A few he taught a trade. I get my ethic about these things from his example.

    So, what do you do when you're confronted with someone with their hand out? Do you pay up? Please explain your reason too, I'm really interested to hear your stories.
     
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    I just avoid them altogether...it makes me feel uncomfortable as I'm a non-confrontational person.
     
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    I ask them for money before they ask me.

    Your grandfather had it right. No handouts. Work for your money.

    That is why it's called "earn a living."
     
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    Bang your cowbell loud enough, you wouldn't hear them beg.
     
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    I ask em how much they made today and wish em better luck tomorrow. I could tell em where to get work but I'm afraid it would piss them off.
     
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    For what it is worth, you must realize that some of the "homeless bums" that are on a city street, have severe mental and psychiatric disorders and are not mentally well enough to hold a job or make any money.

    As I said...for what it's worth...
     
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    yes--"some" of them are.
     
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    So...what is your opinion of those "some"?

    What should be done about them or for them?
     
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    Where I'm at, and I suspect every other major city there are soup kitchens and shelters and churches. No one needs to freeze or starve. So if you're mentally sound enough to beg I think you can find those services as well.
     
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    People who care enough about them will help them.
     

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