By thoughthewasjoking - 15/08/2014 21:10 - United States - Bessemer
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#20, I agree that SOME of them choose it. Not cause they don't give a shit but because it's easier. A vast majority are out there because they don't know any better. They don't know about, or they can't follow the rules of, or whatever their own reasons are or they feel ashamed that they let themselves into that position so a lot of them hide in the bottom of a bottle and avoid institutions put out there to help them, just doing the bare minimum to get by: sleeping under overpasses and begging for change. These people need compassion, not judgment. Fear of being judged is what keeps most of them at the bottom of a bottle, or worse.
At least he was being honest with what he wanted. Also, how does spare change pay for several bottles of booze? I'm just curious.
It's better to buy food for them instead of giving them money, if they reject it you know they were just going to use the money for booze or drugs.
What's to stop them from trading the gift card for cash? Maybe they meet another homeless person with cash who wants food and the first guy wants drugs, trade and win win. Also I do agree 25 dollars is a lot but it's different for everybody who works different jobs and has different lifestyles.