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Panhandlers

Jan Mayrhofer By Jan Mayrhofer on
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I have a real issue with people that stand on corners or stalk people in retail store parking lots asking for money. I just don't get how if they can stand up for hours begging, why can't they work? Even if it's for minimum wage, it is a start.

Now I know that some people are just down on their luck and maybe they don't have any other recourse but to ask for help. What I'm talking about is when I see the same people on the same street corners or the same parking lots day after day and week after week.

I mean, it must be nice to make tax-free money and choose your own "working" hours.

Sometimes if we go into the city for dinner and a show, we can't get from where we park to where we're going without being accosted at least two or three times. Oh, and the stories I've heard from folks begging in parking lots: "My car is out of gas, and my kids are home alone..." or "I'm hungry and just need enough money to buy some soup!" But if you offer to take them to the gas station or buy them some soup instead of just handing them the cash, they stammer and hedge and end up saying, "No, I'll just ask someone else..."

Maybe I'm a little heartless and maybe I don't understand every situation. I only know that I wake up to an alarm clock every day and work for what we have. I head home tired to take care of my family and I don't feel inclined to hand any of my hard earned living over to the guy standing at the corner with a sign and I hate when I'm stuck at the light and he's staring at me like I'm the one doing something wrong!