I do not choose not to give out of fear of being taken advantage of, I choose
not to give out of fear of contributing to the continued destruction of public
places that can be enjoyed by the tax paying, non panhandling public.Giving panhandlers what they want absolutely increases their numbers and makes
them more agressive, just as it does with pigeons and seagulls. As others have
pointed out, there are many alternatives to panhandling to meet peoples real
physical needs. But those alternaves fail to meet the panhandlers beer,
cigarette, and drug needs, so there they are.
As the Man said, "the poor they are always with us". The LDS church (I am not a
member) has an excellent system for helping the poor through their fast offering
program. My understanding is it is open to members and non-members to both
contribute and receive and the Mormons have a well earned reputation for being
frugal and responsible with money.
I agree with the writer. Err on the side of generosity. I see good
points on both sides of this issue, so it may help if we consider what would
happen if exaggerate both sides to the extreme and speculate as to what might
happen.Extreme giving: Everyone gives what they have to anyone who
asks. Results of extreme giving: We don't have to judge any more.
Some who would otherwise work become lazy. Some crooks end up very rich and
unfulfilled. All the givers feel good, don't mind helping each other, and they
all get along. God may smile upon the givers.No giving: Everyone
ignores every request for help. Results of no giving: We don't
have to judge any more. Some takers realize their folly and decide to support
themselves instead. The needy who can't support themselves die. Those who have
enough today fear ever needing to ask for help in the future. Perhaps they
begin to give to those who don't ask, lest they die lonely among their
I'm with Question on this one - when it comes to judgement day, I don't want to
have to explain that I didn't give because I was afraid of being taken advantage
of - it makes me sound prideful and greedy (my money and pride are more
important to me than helping someone). I am not going to be judged harshly for
helping someone who doesn't need it - I will, however, be judged harshly for not
helping those who need it. I would rather err on the side of my soul....The idea that giving to beggars increases begging is ridiculous. People
who beg do it either because they need the money or because they are scamming
you. Giving to those who need does not make more people need and if people are
going to scam you, not giving to beggars is not going to make them not scam you
- it just means they have to find another way to do it.
I've always been taught (by my parents and my religion) that it's not my place
or responsibility to JUDGE whether they NEED it or not. It is only my
responsibility to give what I can... and let THEM suffer the consequences if
they are scamming people. If I DON'T give... it would be ME who suffers the
consequences of disregarding the Savior's commandment to give and not judge.So I always play it safe, and give.
It's dangerous to give to the beggars. It increases their numbers. They
generally spend the money on drugs and alcohol. They become increasingly
aggressive and even violent in the case of Brian David Mitchell. There is no
need to hand out money to these people; there is plenty of food and shelter
available for the truly needy.
I agree that Lois is. perhaps, not the one to judge who are the deserving poor
but, with limited resources, someone has to. Otherwise all our means would be
drained away and nothing left even to feed ourselves and our own families.If we cannot give then we say to ourselves: I would give if I had the
wherewithal to give. Those who are wealthy, on the other hand, would be wise to
use discretion in giving to the best inidividual or collective causes. This
does require the exercise of positive discrimination.
People who say they will work for food, but then refuse to .. should be
prosecuted. These people make it hard for those who are truely in need to get
the help they deserve.A lot of people don't give because of the
scammers. Also the scammers cause donor fatigue.