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    Default Have you ever helped a homeless person or stranger on the street?

    As the title asks.


    Today I was approached by an older man asking for money to buy a coffee (I know it could have been for anything else too).
    I just feel sad for him. I couldn't help because I really had no change in my wallet.
    It's so sad to see people homeless or struggling/desperate for a few dollars.

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    I have given money to buskers and donate to charities. The only thing I've been begged for has been cigarettes and I don't even smoke so couldn't help anyway.

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    When I was studying in the city, many times as I was always passing homeless people in the street and/or at the train station, I'm a bit of a softie but I don't want to sound like I am tooting my horn. I used to *try* and refrain from giving money, and would buy them a meal/food, items instead.

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    I don't think I've ever said no, except when asked for cigarettes as I don't smoke. I've been asked for money for food in the city and didn't have change so I've walked with them to a shop and bought them food (some have turned me down because they didn't genuinely want the money for food!), and a couple of times I have been walking back towork with my lunch and been asked for food, so have given them my lunch.

    I have a lot of empathy for them as a lot have mental health, physical health, alcohol or substance abuse issues, or have escaped domestic violence. So if I can even help in a small way then I'm happy to.

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    Yes many many times more likely to give to someone who wasn't asking. That is just part of who we are. Actually that is how i met my hubby. He joined a group I help run that feed the homeless.


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    Default Have you ever helped a homeless person or stranger on the street?

    If they ask me, and I have it, I always give. It's not up to me to judge what they're using the money for and I'm not going to stress over $1. When I was 16 I gave the money mum gave me to sit my Ls to a guy outside the...whatever the driving test place is called...who was crying and going on about needing money for rehab. Now I think about it he probably put my money straight into his arm. Anyway, my mum was MAD... And in Paris once there was a guy there that just had a sign up saying 'I'm hungry' in French. Broke my heart so I bought him some food.

    I find it really hard when I travel to places with bulk poverty, like San Fran, when there were beggars literally lining the streets. How do you randomly pick one to donate to? It has to be all of them or none of them. I don't know. I'm a sucker for that stuff I guess.

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    I was once asked by a woman for $2, so she could buy a meat pie. She said she was very hungry. I gave her $2 and I saw her walk straight into the bottle shop and walk out with grog, then a few weeks later I saw her up at the club, on the pokies. I don't like to judge, as I don't know her, but I was a little annoyed. I genuinely did feel sorry for her.

    I've been asked for smokes by homeless people, as i don't smoke, I couldn't help out.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Luminary View Post
    I was once asked by a woman for $2, so she could buy a meat pie. She said she was very hungry. I gave her $2 and I saw her walk straight into the bottle shop and walk out with grog, then a few weeks later I saw her up at the club, on the pokies. I don't like to judge, as I don't know her, but I was a little annoyed. I genuinely did feel sorry for her.

    I've been asked for smokes by homeless people, as i don't smoke, I couldn't help out.




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    This is why I prefer charities. She is milking people's generosity.

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    Yes I have but my aunt who works at a rehabilitation centre said you're better off donating to organised programs that help the homeless if you really want to help them.

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    I have bought people food instead of giving cash when they asked for cash for food. A couple of times it was right out the front of a 24/7 so I just offered to buy them what they wanted which they accepted.


 

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