Should We Give Money to Beggars?
In any large city people are concerned about beggars. They certainly look disadvantaged and on cold nights our hearts go out to anyone sleeping rough. But are they really so hard up? Are they playing on our sympathy? Does all the money we give them go on drugs? Should we be giving our change to beggars?
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We should weigh the happiness pennies could give
If you find yourself with a few pennies in your pockets, pennies which are sometimes more of an inconvenience than anything else, why should we not give them to those who are asking for help? Those pennies mean relatively little to the reasonably well off, but they could make a great deal of difference to the homeless. It is a simple matter of weighing happiness. The happiness those pennies would cause a homeless person is a lot more than what those pennies would give to a reasonably well-off person’s pocket or money jar.
No. We should give our loose change to charities which support the homeless, help them find jobs and give them a place to stay. Giving money to the homeless is like trying to treat the symptom of a disease when in actual fact you need to tackle the cause. Why should we be giving up the money we work for all day long to some those on the streets that just sit, begging all day long. Don't you want to know if you're money you are giving away is really going to a good cause? That is why it is more precise to buy food or gift cards to grocery stores. Otherwise, just put forth your money to a charity that directly helps support this cause.
It is better than giving money to organised charities.
Regardless how happy the homeless person would be, completing such a direct act of charity will make you a lot happier than merely pledging money, even a more substantial amount, via a large charity. When giving to a large charity a lot of the money gets filtered out by administration. Street fund-raisers are often paid and so are various other administrators. As such, a higher percentage of your money would be going to the actual people who need it rather than to a large organisation.
When you give the money to an organised charity you know that the money will be spent wisely. Yes, street fund raisers get paid, but that is money well spent if they get even a small number of people signing up to a direct debit scheme. So the £10 you give could be invested into these fundraisers and your money will help sign up 3 direct debits from people who could make monthly payments from £5 to £20. So your donation could be tripled in effect.
In addition to this, when you give money directly to beggars, you have no idea as to what they will spend that money on. You have no idea whether they really are homeless. An organised charity eliminates all these doubts. They will spend the money on shelters and food, not alcohol and cigarettes. They will ensure that the money is distributed amongst the most needy.
All this taken into account, giving to an organisation instead of one beggar is far more helpful.
No. We should be that money to organizations that work on remedying the root cause of homelessness.
If you give money to a homeless person you are just encouraging their behavior. There are many services available to help the homeless get back on their feet. They reject these services and choose to be homeless. Not to mention you have no idea what they could using the money you give them for (drugs). The money you would give them should go to an organization that provides services to the mentally ill homeless. The mentally ill homeless are really the only ones who have a reason to be out on the streets. All the other homeless are just beggars who refuse to work themselves. It's better to just invest in a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the mentally ill homeless. Save up your quarters you would give the guy you pass by everyday to work and then mail you accumulated funds as a check to a organizations that helps the disadvantaged!
That's right you can give your money to organizations and they can use the money wisely for you instead of drugs and other things.
They will spend the money on drugs or alcohol
Most people who are homeless are homeless for a reason. Either their families have chucked them out or they have spent all their money on drugs or alcohol. By giving these people money, all you are doing is giving them the means to continue their bad habit. Homeless people are in a vicious circle and all you do when you give them change is continue the circle.
Everybody who’s homeless is homeless for a reason, but is simply not accurate to say most have spent all their money on drugs and alcohol – and if that is true for some people it’s not true to say they still continue to take drugs now.
Many people, women especially, are on the streets because of sexual abuse. Many men are ex-servicemen who can’t cope with civilian life. Many people who used to use drugs are now clean but can’t get a job because they have no CV (and of course are homeless).
So the vicious circle exists and can be increased. Though it’s more likely to be increased if you don’t give than do.
You do not know if they are really homeless
There is no proof that those who are lying on the streets are actually homeless. They could go home, into the warmth, with their loving family. By giving these people money without any proof, you are stopping the people who really need the money from receiving it.
Instead the money should go to a large charity whereby they help the people who truly need it by providing clean housing and food; the essentials.
To beg is extremely demeaning, not to mention freezing! People must be in extreme poverty in order to resort to such measures. Yes, there are concerns about whether they are really poor, but if a person resorts to such methods to gain a bit of money each day, surely they are need in help, just as much, if not more than those who have no choice but to be on the streets?
Encourages others to follow suit.
Easy money is an extreme attraction for the lazy; sitting around all day collecting spare money off of passers by. With such an easy living to be made there where is the motivation for such a person to get themselves off of the street and into a secure job. By giving money to these sorts of people, far from helping them you are encouraging them to be lazy. Not only are you encouraging those who are homeless to stay on the streets, but you are encouraging others to do the same. People who think they have no where to go will think that there is a place on the streets for them. They will think they can live on the streets before trying to sort their own problems out properly.
Yes because if you do instead of feeling guilty you feel encouraging and happy.
Adding to this the opposition makes living on the street and begging to be an easy thing and a choice. A lot of people on the street especially now are on the street because of events outside there control. The people who beg on the street live hard lives and while it would be naive to suggest that some of them are not milking the system they are still begging through necessity and not because its easy like the opposition suggest.
I wonder if the opposition would chose to live on the streets and also wonder if the speaker fell on hard times would the speaker get off the streets as easily as he suggests and secure a job in a environment were the average person finds it hard to do at the minute or if they too would end up "taking the easy way and begging"
No. We give that money to organizations that work on remedying the root cause of homelessness.
If you give money to a homeless person you are just encouraging their behavior. There are many services available to help the homeless get back on their feet. They reject these services and choose to be homeless. Not to mention you have no idea what they could using the money you give them for (drugs). The money you would give them should go to an organization that provides services to the mentally ill homeless. The mentally ill homeless are really the only ones who have a reason to be out on the streets. All the other homeless are just beggars who refuse to work themselves. It’s better to just invest in a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates the mentally ill homeless. Save up your quarters you would give the guy you pass by everyday to work and then mail you accumulated funds as a check to a organizations that helps the disadvantaged!
they are not all beggars and homeless
my ex sister in law used to give money to a begger that lived in a town outside Boots chemist, it was later revealed that he had more money than all of us and a better house etc and put all of us to shame. Beggars are just the people that have the guts to scrounge from others.
A man on the street actually put on a sign "ITS MY B-DAY GIVE ME BEAR!"
What do you think?