This may have been covered before, but I’m going to ask anyway.
What’s the deal with the people that stand by a mall or by/in an intersection with a sign that says that they are stranded, a veteran, jobless, etc and need money? I feel bad that I don’t give them anything but I also feel it’s more than likely a scam. One day there was a man with his dog holding a sign. I happened to be at a red light at the time so I rolled down my window, gave him $5, and told him to buy his dog some treats. That was the one and only time I’ve given a handout.
One time (years ago) I had my 5-year-old granddaughter in the car with me. She asked about a beggar we saw standing by Walmart. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but something like - I don’t give them money because they should get a job, blah, blah, blah. She said, “Well, you could give him some money, just to be kind”. UGH - I felt terrible. I think of that every time I see a sign-holder.
Do you give money?