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March 01, 2007

Panhandling intrusion

People work to get the necessities of life and, hopefully, earn the reward of time away from work and world troubles. There is a proper time for work and for giving to church and a proper time to be left alone.
People on their way to dinner or on vacation or who are taking the kids to watch the game at the Sprint Center have earned the right to their away-from-troubles time.
For panhandlers, it’s not the cause or lack of compassion; it’s the timing. It is the invasion of someone else’s private time and space. It’s the in-person version of the telemarketing call at dinnertime.
Panhandling intrudes on the other people’s private time. That’s what makes it wrong.
George Thomas
Stanley

Comments

jack

I am ambivalent with this. I believe that most of the time locobreath is right (at least on this). In my years in chemical abuse I used to encourage people to never give money. If you want to give them something, offer to buy them a sandwich or some such thing. If it's a scam artist you will probably get cussed. If it is an addict, you know the money won't go for a bottle or a fix. If they are simply needy, the person will be deeply grateful.

Better yet, volunteer with one of the many organizations that go out and provide things to the needy.

Should we be able to stop panhandlers? No, it's really a free speech issue. Should they be able to harrass and intimidate people? No, that is a police issue.

mike d

"Those darn poor people... Only if they knew that they bother me so by being in the way, cluttering up the street. I cannot see why anyone chooses to be poor, it is so yekky."

"Poor people should be hearded into the various office buildings during the hours of 8 to 5. They can go from cubicle to cubicle asking for money. That way, these people won't be bothered when they are on leisure time."

So you won't mind then if they come stay at your place?

Quote by "the stranger" in "High Plains Drifter"

locomotivebreath1901

Despite the naysayers, George Thomas brings up a good point. There is a time, place & a season for all things. We should also be wise to the devious workings of unsavory characters.

When I voluteered for 'UPLIFT'
http://uplift.org/
our experienced group leaders admonished the volunteers to 'NEVER give money to the panhandlers, homeless or destitute.'

We were ONLY there to deliver hot meals, shoes, coats and blankets.

The reason was common sense and experience: most of the homeless, destitute or panhandlers were addicts; alcohol or otherwise. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY.

The truely needy and destitute know where to find a meal, a warm bed and even free medical care at the salvation army, city union mission, truman med
http://www.cityunionmission.org/
or dozens of other shelters and places of respite.

Sadly, there is a cottage industry of 'scam panhandlers' that plead for 'donations' at traffic lights. It is a rotating collection of 'sadsacks' scamming an unsuspecting public into financing their drug habit.

Unfortunately, when these 'scam panhandlers' are offered anything except money, they will curse at you, spit on you, and even assault you because they want money for their addictions. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY.

This is more than just an inconvenience, it is a question of public trust and safety that undermines the efforts of honest folks who truely try to get help for their needy circumstances.

Consideration and generosity is a two way street, but these 'street corner panhandlers' typically offer neither, yet expect both.

Lost_In_Ambivalence

George is right.

Poor people should be hearded into the various office buildings during the hours of 8 to 5. They can go from cubicle to cubicle asking for money. That way, these people won't be bothered when they are on leisure time.

T. Hanson

Those darn poor people... Only if they knew that they bother me so by being in the way, cluttering up the street. I cannot see why anyone chooses to be poor, it is so yekky.

 
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