Charity on the street
February 25, 2004 9:11 AM Subscribe
Do you give money to homeless people, panhandlers, and/or beggars? Why or why not? Defend your position.
posted by gottabefunky to Human Relations (56 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I don’t, as a rule, but I’m open to having my mind changed.
First, I assume that most of the time the money will not go toward what I would prefer it would (food, clothing) but instead toward something counterproductive (drugs, alcohol). I then assume that it’s better to not fund the latter, ever, than to occasionally subsidize the former.
I’m more definite on reason #2, namely that this fosters dependency, making it that much more likely that the next time the person has a choice (again, assuming they do) between looking for a handout and doing something active to improve their situation, they will look for the handout.
Since I’m not willing (yet) to evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis, I’ve decided to go with never. So far.