Do you give alms to the beggars in the street?

@sharksfin (1098)
Philippines
July 6, 2012 6:15pm CST
Opinions differ. I've heard some people say it's not good to give alms because those beggars belong to syndicates. And, there are this group that believes it doesn't matter if those people are members of syndicate, addicts or what have you... they believe that our duty as people who have been blessed with good things is to extend helping hands to the less fortunate. My take is it's better to have a discerning heart. We shouldn't be too naive. What if they're really being used by terrorists to collect money to buy weapons that will be used to harm us later on? Well, that's a little too exaggerated. Let's just say, we don't really know where the money is going. My resolution is to just give them food, in stead of cash. How about you? Your thoughts? Suggestions are also welcome.
3 responses
• United States
6 Jul 12
I totally agree with giving them food instead of cash. When I visit Vegas they are all over begging for money. How do I know they are not going to just turn around and use the money in the casino trying to double it! So I would rather go buy them a good meal and hand it to them
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
6 Jul 12
You don't and probably that is what they will do! I have literally seen people begging for money and then watch them walk over to a cadillac and get in and drive away! I was at a light last week, and across the way was a guy, limping around holding sign asking for money... he limped to the car to get it and limped back to the corner when the light changed. As soon as those cars drove through the light... he stopped limping and walked to the corner and pressed the cross-walk button to stop the traffic! Then when the cars stopped at the light... he started limping again! This was a huge scam few years ago out here in CA. Every corner had them and the media went on investigations and all and found that those "pan-handling" were better off than most! They went to their cars, homes etc. Whats' really bad is when they have a kid out there with them. Both dressed skrumpy and the sign says "need money to buy milk for child". I don't have a problem helping people, but in this case...just to many scams to take the chance. I'll donate to a food bank or shelter.. but never to anyone on the street. I have noticed this past christmas that Salvation Army didn't have the jingle buckets outside stores much nor were there people with their little tables asking for donations for this or that. I think people have caught on and don't give. Plus...hopefully the cops have been patroling and asking for licenses or permits or something to prove the charity is real or whatever.
@sharksfin (1098)
• Philippines
6 Jul 12
...funny thing that happened to me a few times, I handed them food and they refused. They're really after moolah! haha
@theguy03 (187)
• United States
7 Jul 12
I will help almost anyone directley,for example they hold a sign that says "Hungry please help." I will give them some food. However the only people that I truly go out of my way to help are former Military and children. My town has set up a shelter for homless veterans and every holliday I try to get them something special like turkeys for thanksgiving. Just handing some person with a sign money is not really my thing unless its payday and I have some spare change in my pocket.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
8 Jul 12
Well I do give even small amount, maybe I just stopped thinking whether they are real beggar or just syndicate but what Important is that I help them even in small way. Their conscience will take care of them if they are just fooling people's help to them.
@sharksfin (1098)
• Philippines
9 Jul 12
That is so nice of you. I thought about that, too. Just, of course, you can't just ignore the possible consequences. Fact is, those who are under syndicates often have their consciences not functioning. That's how they earn so, why should they care? My fear in disregarding possibilities that they could just be part of a terrorist group is the alarming danger it could bring. They can collect money for weapons which could victimize others... worse, my own friends, relatives or even a family member.
• Philippines
17 Jul 12
We have Anti-Mendicancy Law in the Philippines. We should not give money on the streets but to charitable organizations.But of course, no one will get you if you give money. There is no proper enforcement of this law just like the other laws in our country. In my case, I give food and not money.