There are scammers and there are people in need. There are the mentally ill and the dope addicts. The homeless, the beggars, the people in need are like everything else in life - there are all kinds.
We give to charity, and we give money to people asking for it. We also give food, or meals, or clothes.
One year Gary picked up two hitchhikers with a dog - got to talking to them - and ended up getting them a hotel room, we bought them clothes, got them Doc appointments, and got him out of some legal trouble, and he ended up in a Ford mechanic training program.
His girlfriend, it turned out, was mentally ill and had wealthy parents in NJ who simply turned her out because she was a drug addict, and in the end we weren't able to help her.
But we adopted a homeless heroin addict - who turned out was very badly abused as a child and turned into a dope addict at a very early age and fell out of the foster system.
60% of the homeless in NYC are children that "fell out" of the foster system.
It is not my place to judge what people want or need or why they are in the position they are in or why they "choose" to beg over working. If we hadn't adopted our daughter, she'd still be out on the street begging for dope. And being in that position isn't one she chose to begin with. But it's all she knew - and in another 10 years, she'd be that person that people wonder "why doesn't she get a job?" Because she wasn't raised by people with that mentality and doesn't know any better, was sold into prostitution by her family who made her a dope addict.
So it's not my place to judge. Call me an enabler. Life can be a terrible place to live.
There but for the grace of God.....