Helping the less fortunate: Yea or Nay?

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  1. mr.orange

    mr.orange Senior member

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    We’ve all been in this position; You pull up to a red light, look to your right, and see a homeless man asking for some spare change. What do you do?

    Story that sort of related:

    The other day I was at gas station at around 2300 and some guy came up to me asking for some money because his daughter was blah blah blah. After he was done ranting, I stabbed him in the eye and crushed his dog (American Psycho reference). Just kidding. Instead of being an asshole, I took some money, twenty bucks, out of a nearby ATM and gave it to him.
    I don’t know if should feel cheated or good about this. Help me make up my mind.
     


  2. Neo_Version 7

    Neo_Version 7 Senior member

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    Nothing wrong with helping the less fortunate but honestly, 20 bucks seems like a lot. I would have given him a loonie (a toonie if I was feeling especially generous).
     


  3. mr.orange

    mr.orange Senior member

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    hopefully he didn't buy booze with that money. in retrospect I should've given him like less money. oh well! :satisfied:
     


  4. Neo_Version 7

    Neo_Version 7 Senior member

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    ^ Let's be honest. It probably went to glass.
     
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  5. scarphe

    scarphe Senior member

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    I do not give him anything. he has 2 arms and 2 legs and cannot make his own money or try to earn it.
     


  6. willpower

    willpower Senior member

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    True story - I had the opposite once. I had a homeless woman come up to me and hand me a $20. She said "you gave me money once and now I'm giving it back". Then she began singing opera in a high soprano voice inside the Starbucks I was in. I tried to give her the money back but she steadfastly refused. I finally ended up dropping it inside one of the bags in her shopping cart while she wasn't looking.

    Will I give? Rarely - sometimes I'll go into a fast food place and bring out a meal for someone. In Santa Monica, I swear the homeless outnumber the residents.
     
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  7. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    You got taken.

    I would not give money to panhandlers or the homeless. I do not contribute to the vices of others, my own vices are expensive enough.



    True story, I had the opposite once. I was at a red light and some guy came up to me and my open car window asking for some money and he stabbed me in the chest.
     
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  8. Neo_Version 7

    Neo_Version 7 Senior member

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    You should have given him a sub or a bottle of water or something. That way, you know he won't spend the moolah on harmful substances.
     


  9. King Solomon

    King Solomon Well-Known Member

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    You're asking a question that has been answered for thousands of years.

    Quote: Isaiah 58:10
     


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    Joffrey Senior member

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    Depends on my mood and if I have any small bills on me.
     


  11. mr.orange

    mr.orange Senior member

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    that requires more time and effort than I willing to dispense.


    I'll bet she was pissed when she found those $20. It's funny how she recognized you though; don't be surprised if she hits you up later for some cash.


    +1

    also is plus one-ing obsolete now that we have a like button?

    only poor people roll with their windows down.
     


  12. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I was a college student, so I was poor at the time.
     


  13. mr.orange

    mr.orange Senior member

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    meh I'm in college and doing okay; not poor but not well off.
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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