Re: I gave a Beggar $20.00 today In Crystal City
Date: September 02, 2010 12:23AM
I don't give street bums any money, none, nada, zip, zero. I've been in D.C. enough to know that 95% of the time they go ahead and get drunk with it. My friend in SE gave a bum some money ONE time, and it was her first time as well as last. As soon as the dough hit his hand, he walked across the street to the liquor store.
The only time I gave a bum money was in Richmond. The reason? He was the only person out of a crowd of folks who actually walked up to us and asked if we were alright after a car accident (We were broadsided, and got spun around). He struck up a conversation for a moment, and he asked if we needed help. I ended up giving him a couple of dollars, and so did my friends.
Btw, I used to have a homeless friend from Temple Hills, and I was cool with him and his sis (She spent a lot of time in-and-out of a group home). They were both good people though, and my friends and I even lined up a job for the kid, and we also brought him to our houses and introduced him to our families (We also had him over for one of our birthday parties). We gave him good, home cooked meals, and we always checked up on him. I haven't seen him in years, but I do know that he never kept the job (It was at a nearby Starbucks, and it included full benefits). Another friend of mine (From Kenya) who used to work at the nearby gas station knew the kid as well, and he said people like that simply never change. He's right, and I really hate to say it, but they're homeless for a reason usually aside from simply being out of a job (It goes deeper than just that, and it often involves underlying mental issues).
"And if any women or children get their legs torn off, or faces caved in, well, it's tough shit for them." -2LT. Bert Stiles, 505th, 339th (On Berlin Bombardier Mission, 1944).
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/02/2010 12:32AM by ThePackLeader.