to give or not to give? that is the question.

@manong05 (5031)
Philippines
December 30, 2006 12:57pm CST
I live in a city where beggars are crowding the city streets. As I stop on a red light, an old lady begged for money to buy something to eat. Hunger is seen all over her face and she looks to me as dying. Ironically, a big sign just across the street says, it is illegal to give alms to beggars. Probably because it is believed that they are being used by syndicates exploiting people and the government has a program for them. Deep down, I pity the old woman and I have a strong urge to give. If you're in my place, will you give?
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I would probably bring some food. I am not sure I would give money. I would buy something I could keep in the car for these times.
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@manong05 (5031)
• Philippines
2 Jan 07
sounds a very good idea, may be inconveninient though.
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@nyka08 (411)
• Philippines
2 Jan 07
if i were in your place, i would help the old woman. i think what's important is that you did your part to help. it doesn't really matter where she will use the money. it's the effort of helping that counts. but if it worries you that she is being used by syndicates, why not give her food instead of money. i think that is a better idea.
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@jennifer611 (2497)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I would do what my heart told me to do, not some posted sign.. If you felt that urge to help then that would be your choice to do so.. and u would probably feel great about yourself for doing it, rather then being home saying that I wish I had.. no matter what she really is using it for, maybe she really is hungry or maybe she wants a drink, either way she was in need of something and you could feel good about the fact that you gave a helping hand to someone.. believe me, there is someone up there watching you and your good deeds he see's, and he will reward you for them..
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@mjalingo (169)
• Nigeria
24 Jan 07
Actually we are all human being we must to have sympathy and feelings, but most the beggars as you said are really syndicate. So, as for me the best thing to do is just not to attend to them and pray for them to change
• India
19 Jan 07
its better 2 giv sumthing 2 that old lady as she cant work.
@Dolcerina (3381)
• Hungary
12 Jan 07
I realized this question is different in each country. In our coutry there are too many people who has no money, just because there is not enough work in the country, and the goverment doesn't give unemployment benefit for them. If an inteligent person has no more possibility to earn some money for food, but to beg?