If you were approached by a panhandler, what would you do.
Just asking, because I see them from time to time here, in the small urban, poor city I travel through a small portion of on my way to and from work. My area is weird anyway, neighborhoods of multi-million dollar homes on lakes, and a mile away, literally, exists urban decay and all that goes with it, poverty, drugs, crime, homelessness.
So, the hypothetical. Panhandler approaches your car at the light and asks you for money, says they need help.
What do you do? Does it depend on the age, or gender, or appearance of the person?
Would it matter if it were illegal in the community where it happened?
Would a sign saying something like "homeless Iraq War vet" or "Desperate out of work father" make a difference.
Would your faith/beliefs influence your decision.
Would you wonder what they were really doing with the money - feeding kids or buying drugs or alcohol?
Just curious how you all feel. I know my answers, but I'll save them for now.
I did see a woman last night with a "homeless mother needs help" sign, which is why I am posting this.