Originally Posted by GreenFrog
I don't give cash to homeless people. Actually, it's more like I can't
Why? Cause I never carry any!
Though, if a "bum" came up to with a smartphone and square reader, I just might be tempted to swipe my card and write it off as a tax deduction.
You think he'd send you the requisite letter to use at tax time?
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Sounds like they're both douches. Yes, the guy receiving the handout should be appreciative of whatever he gets. But if you're going to give a panhandler a buck, just do it because you want to. If you're expecting him to prove he's worthy of your charity or otherwise stroke your ego, you probably need a pet or girlfriend or something to fill your need for positive feedback. Most people in that position aren't there because it affords them an opportunity to practice their humility and social grace.
I think you're misframing that. Per pB's story, if the bum had said nothing, all would have been good. Again, from the story, I don't think the guy was looking for any positive feedback, but rather decided upon being harangued in public, to rescind his gift.