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What do you do?

A young couple with a child in a stroller get on the subway. He's clean and well spoken. He makes a polite plea to the passangers asking for money. He states that he doesn't have a job and must feed his family. He is wearing $200.00 sneakers.

Do you give?


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Feb. 28th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Why not?

I didn't because of the sneakers. I figured either his priorities are screwed up or he's a fake.
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
the sneakers and the fact that panhandlers have told me that they make quite a good living, especially in cities. i imagine the kid doesn't hurt their take either.
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought. Thanks.
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
i met a guy panhandling in SF in 1985 who told me he made enough every summer to go to the carribean for the winter.
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should change professions.

Is there a difference between panhandling and practicing law?
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
republicans don't hate panhandlers as much
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Being that I am employed and wearing seventeen dollar sneakers, I don't bloody think so.

Feb. 28th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't because of the sneakers. The subways are a strange place. I never give to the religious fanatics. I will sometimes give to the elderly. I've given to the musicians. They're working for it.
Mar. 1st, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Yup, I am a hearty supporter of buskers. Even if they're so-so, they're out there showing their stuff and they deserve a little recognition.

Mar. 1st, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
I don't give. If I'm in a particular mood and the train is sufficiently crowded, I loudly ask him about the sneakers.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
They were nice looking sneakers.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
maybe he would have sold them to you...
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I couldn't afford them.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
i would give much...

they might not want to hear it though.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
If I'm inferring correctly, I'd be careful on a NY subway.
Mar. 1st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
i grew up on them subways. i'm *always* careful.

Mar. 1st, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I wouldn't. Living in a big city, the first thing I look at on someone who is begging is the shoes. A homeless or down on their luck person generally has crappy shoes or if they are really down, NO SHOES.

I remember once a panhandling asked my husband and I for money and he was dressed head to toe better than my husband and I were (I was a student at the time and my husband was unemployed). We just kept walking but I so badly wanted to say "how about you give us some money, buddy."
Mar. 1st, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Everybody has had the same reaction. Look at the shoes.
Mar. 1st, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
ok, tell the guy to sit down and take off his shoes. tell him to give you the shoes. tell him to take the baby out of the stroller. tell him to give you the stroller. tell him to give you the baby. while holding the baby, gripping the stroller and wearing the shoes ask him, "Now that you know what desperate really feels like, why don't you stop begging and go get a job at Burger King?"
Mar. 1st, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
I feel it necessary to point out that I got a $200 vest from Nordstrom with the tags still attached at Value Village for $10. Also, I own a "Dooney & Bourke" purse that "retails" at a few hundred dollars, but it's a knockoff I got at a consignment shop for $5. No one has known the difference. I own designer jeans that sell for $100-$150 from Value Village, bought for $3-$8. I make a point to always look well dressed, but most of my outfits cost me under $30, from hat to shoes.

He also could have bought the shoes or received them as a present before losing his job, and they don't have as much value once someone else has worn them so he couldn't return/sell them.
Mar. 1st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
You;re a very nice and thoughtful person.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Well, thanks :) I just know how it is to have no money but still want to look nice, so I can relate.
Mar. 1st, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Give him the benefit of the doubt.Innocent until proven guilty. Is that how it goes? He may truly need the money,especially with this economic climate...and if not, so what? Will it make or break you. I doubt it. It just may make or break him.
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