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[–] ReverantRevenant 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't give them money because I don't believe they are that hard up. If you arrive at the right time to where they panhandle you might be surprised when they get into a nicer car than you have and drive off in it after their panhandling shift is over.

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[–] NoisyCricket 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Exactly. I don't give because I know they fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Conman. Doesn't need money. Is lazy. Refuses to work.

  2. Is drug user and incapable of working. Will only use money for drugs.

  3. Is mentally ill and is incapible of working and is unlikely to use the money for food or shelter. See #2 for potential self-medicating efforts.

  4. It's a guy who's down on his luck and generally doesn't need my help in the first place. Organziations exist to assist in most cases.

In all cases, it doesn't make sense to to give to these guys.