Excuse Me Maam, Do U Have A Couple Dollars!!
By Danna B.
Washington, District Of Columbia
June 8, 2019 4:37pm CST
So I can get me something to eat!! Get me a sandwich??!! This is a line I rarely can refuse!! He was so nice!! And even complimented my hair!! They know what a woman wants to hear!! Of course I spared the two!! After a few minutes, I notice he comes out the store, and he slips a bottle inside his coat pocket!! Thank u , he says!! I think he notices that I see this!! You sure look pretty!! Once Again, he knows what a woman wants to hear!! Do u give for a sandwich then find them gulping down a beer or sipping lady bird?!! My friend says dont worry about this!! At least u gave!! How do u handle giving money like this to those saying they want something to eat??!!
23 people like this
• Gainesville, Florida
If the person tells me they are hungry, I tell them I would be happy to go inside the store or restaurant and buy them some food. Most of the time they decide, because we all know they don't wan the money for the food! One time, I passed a homeless man as I was going to McDonalds to get some lunch. While I was there, I decided to buy the man a couple of hamburgers. When I went back to where he was and gave him the bag of burgers, he threw a fit. I guess he was mad that there wasn't some Mad Dog or Boone's Farm inside the bag! haha
5 people like this
• United States
I am so happy I did not read what I thought you were going to say. I always keep a few things in mind. That could be my child asking for help. I could fall on hard times and again it is me asking. And then I believe that some power is running this planet and if that ever reveals an angel in those rags. I know where I want to go.
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• Washington, District Of Columbia
Some people I'm learning to size up!! A few ladies have gone with me to the store and taco bell and I bought them a meal!! But some of these ole guys got the line down pat!! Especially the you look pretty line!!! I'm just weighing in a little more these days!! I'm kinda broke myself these days so I'm a little more cautious!!
We are not allowed to give money, the police asked NEVER to give money, if they say they are hungry we can buy food for them, a hot drink (or a cold one in summer), but no money at all. I think it's a good policy. They can have free clothing visiting the local charities.
@db20747 Those who need money know where they have to go. I remember a few years ago people started to give money and we were inundated by people coming from Italy. They asked money during the day, broke into the apartments during the night. It never happened again after the ban.
• United States
@db20747 being a recovering Compulsive Gambler and well aware of the addictions among this population I have 3 courses of action: 1. I have offered to get the person food from a local restaurant (usually Fast food). To the extent of asking what food they would like so that when I bring it they accept it. I have on occasion sat down with the person for a meal and talked with them. 2. I avoid giving anything cash wise to the person. Partly because I also note where the person is. The reason is because there are people who are "panhandling" for a living to avoid working (often they have their speech crafted). 3. I say a prayer with them and explain that I do not have money to help thing (I am on a limited income).
• United States
I won't give them money because there are too many that do this to make a living. Helping someone be a scammer, is not helping them. It's sad. Buy them food, yes, that is a better solution. But then again, most don't want food. I have seen some throw it in the trash.
I usually give money to people after I do a little research. I'm used to beggars and I know many of the tricks they use. But there are some that really have sad stories. There was an old woman that used to beg, she wanted money. Mostly money.I found out she had a son, he was a drunkard and violent, he had no income and he terrorised her. But she still loved him and all the money she got were for him. Her only joy was when people gave her money because she hoped her son will be pleased. This was more than 12 years ago, but I'll always remember her.
• Bangalore, India
@db20747 If I notice such people I would use head rather than heart to think how can a person not get bread, is that so hard. Feeding ourselves is something one should have been doing till the date he is begging for food then how did he earn his bread the last day or yesterday??