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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6 2013 12:30 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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 actions.

BYU Fan in DC
Washington, DC

I can't imagine anyone would criticize that being videotape, because that video was way too touching.

JFFR
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

Good for them. But I'd rather not see it on self-published video. Service is supposed to be selfless.

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Kaohsiung, 00

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.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

@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.

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