Have you ever given money to a beggar?

United States
July 23, 2007 10:26am CST
Have you ever given money to a beggar? Have you ever done anything nice for a beggar? When I was in S. Korea I saw a beggar on the street on a very cold and windy day and instead of giving him money I went to a machine that sold hot drinks and bought him a hot cup of tea. He was an amputee and had no legs below the knees.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Yes many times. Once when I was a teen a bunch of us were riding around in a car and saw a beggar. We each went home and packed a nice lunch for him and included enough canned stuff for him to have several meals. It felt so good to share and since then I have done it a few times more.
• United States
24 Jul 07
Yes i ahev givin money but only like $20 and some food but i dont think the guy was an actual hobo cause he ahd really nice shoes and clothes lol.
• United States
24 Jul 07
my mother in law give some food to a beggar in Washington DC ..near the Capital and he threw it bake at her and said "Lady..am not hungr. what can i do with this? I need money for my medecine..:(" and he trew the food in the street.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Jul 07
That was crappy of him. Last week on vacation I was filling up with gas and a pickup with a family came up to me and asked me to fill their truck. Yikes....I only had enough money for mine own vechile. Then a week later I was in Eau Claire WI and a guy was going car to car asking for money. One gentleman did give him some and a few minutes later we walked by with a bottle of booze. Go figure!
• United States
24 Jul 07
beggars in some country were made lame by parents or people who had controll of them..I don't want to list the country but they were used as professional beggars and they were controlled by a larger group who do this for a living..often the children or people who are begars see very little of the money..and it is discuraged by most governments as this breeds more beggars and more abuse..i used to give in the Philippines but the peole who lived there were livid with me..and gave the above mentioned reason..but i still give on the sly
• Philippines
24 Jul 07
yeah i usually give them money... bu i see to it that they are really a worthy beggar. I mean if they really need help in terms of their status, body and health.. There are fake beggars out there who really fakes themselves also, even though they can still have work.. they manage to be on streets asking money.. yeah we must not have any exceptions when we want to help.. but it is really feel good if you have helped the one who really needed it?
• Malaysia
24 Jul 07
Yeah. One day a boy aged around 12 came to me when I was walking on the pavement in a busy city in my country. He approached me suddenly and told me he hadn't eaten for 3 days and needed some money to buy food. I looked at his face and suddenly I felt so pity. So I didn't think much, I just drew out my five dollar bill and gave it to him.
• Philippines
24 Jul 07
Yes,I've given money to a beggar.But for me,it's better to give food as we don't know where our money will go and the modus of the beggars.
• United States
23 Jul 07
I have given money to people on the street as I see fit. A lot of times, as many people will tell you, they worry about what someone will do with the money. I really take a different approach, but I guess that's just my way. I feel as though the intention to help is there from me and I guess it's upto someone who is hungry and homeless or suffering to do what they believe is the best thing with that donation that I give. If they use it for unsavory things, it does not change my intent to help and it gives that person a chance to do right by it. I will give cash very often, whatever I can spare if I have anything. Sometimes, coming from a restaurant, I will offer leftover food instead if that's all I have. When I worked at Starbucks, I used to offer the day old pastries to a homeless shelter near our store and would also give free coffee to a homeless man who lived under the overpass across the street from our store. I always try to do something nice and helpful.