There may be some who criticize these guys for videotaping it and while
certainly there are people who want others to see what they do, I didn't
get that impression from the video. If the hope was that others will see it and
do good, which it appeared to be to me, no problem with them publicizing their
I can't imagine anyone would criticize that being videotape, because that
video was way too touching.
Great, now even more panhandlers are going to invade the streets of Salt Lake
City. I love the idea of doing good deeds and inspiring others, but
people in the know have said 9 out of 10 times giving money to panhandlers is
throwing your money away (I got that number from Doug Wright earlier this
summer. He had a expert in the community on his program and they begged people
to stop giving to panhandlers.) Its been a growing problem in Salt
Lake City over the past two years, I'm afraid these guys just inspired more
to move in.
Good for them. But I'd rather not see it on self-published video. Service
is supposed to be selfless.
The video is so touching. I don't think it matters whether he is
videotaping to brag or not. What I know is that I can feel a lot of love in the
video and in the act.
@Capsaicin"Good for them. But I'd rather not see it on
self-published video. Service is supposed to be selfless." --- I don't
think they're hoping to gain anything for themselves, not even the praise
of man. We need examples, and for example, we read about examples of good in
the New Testament. If we were improperly strict on the 'do not your deeds
for the praise of man', we'd say the New Testament acts should not be
printed and we'd be without those examples of the Gospel in action.@JFFR: Mercy isn't bad, but you are right, we are hit heavily by
those that imitate and swamp the truly afflicted, so it's more difficult to
help those really in need. Some of the panhandling does come from need, but too
many others saw that as an alternative to productive work and have converged on
Salt Lake. But that also means that the truly hurting are still without help.