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  • #16
    I started a new thing: if I see them approaching, when they get close I stop and ask if they can spare some money so I can buy even nicer shoes.
    "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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    • #17
      I have not encountered any problems with the panhandlers. The way I see it, their problems are much worse than mine, and if them asking me for a few dollars is going to make me upset, then I live a pretty good life. If I don't have any change, I will simply say "no". I won't treat them as if they are the scum of the earth. If I have change, I will give it-- if they aren't high/intoxicated. Yes, I know the money I give them will likely go towards their habit, but I'd rather they get the money from me than, perhaps, stealing.

      My experience is this: If you treat them like a human, and say no, they won't hassle you.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by EscoffierLivesOn View Post
        I have not encountered any problems with the panhandlers. The way I see it, their problems are much worse than mine, and if them asking me for a few dollars is going to make me upset, then I live a pretty good life. If I don't have any change, I will simply say "no". I won't treat them as if they are the scum of the earth. If I have change, I will give it-- if they aren't high/intoxicated. Yes, I know the money I give them will likely go towards their habit, but I'd rather they get the money from me than, perhaps, stealing.

        My experience is this: If you treat them like a human, and say no, they won't hassle you.
        So you're one of the guys that perpetuates the problem. Median-panhandler-bozo and I-need-a-dollar-to-get-a-bus-ticket-back-home-liar wouldn't exist if you stopped paying them.
        "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Chmilz View Post
          Originally posted by EscoffierLivesOn View Post
          I have not encountered any problems with the panhandlers. The way I see it, their problems are much worse than mine, and if them asking me for a few dollars is going to make me upset, then I live a pretty good life. If I don't have any change, I will simply say "no". I won't treat them as if they are the scum of the earth. If I have change, I will give it-- if they aren't high/intoxicated. Yes, I know the money I give them will likely go towards their habit, but I'd rather they get the money from me than, perhaps, stealing.

          My experience is this: If you treat them like a human, and say no, they won't hassle you.
          So you're one of the guys that perpetuates the problem. Median-panhandler-bozo and I-need-a-dollar-to-get-a-bus-ticket-back-home-liar wouldn't exist if you stopped paying them.
          In another thread, I read that you have wanted to "Take a hammer to the homeless douchetards in the backalley", or something to that extent.

          With that said, don't expect me to reply to you regarding this matter.

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          • #20
            I made my annual visit downtown to attend a medical appointment; walked quite a bit and only encountered one panhandler who told me to "have a nice day"! Have the rest of them moved to Vancouver?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by EscoffierLivesOn View Post
              Originally posted by Chmilz View Post
              Originally posted by EscoffierLivesOn View Post
              I have not encountered any problems with the panhandlers. The way I see it, their problems are much worse than mine, and if them asking me for a few dollars is going to make me upset, then I live a pretty good life. If I don't have any change, I will simply say "no". I won't treat them as if they are the scum of the earth. If I have change, I will give it-- if they aren't high/intoxicated. Yes, I know the money I give them will likely go towards their habit, but I'd rather they get the money from me than, perhaps, stealing.

              My experience is this: If you treat them like a human, and say no, they won't hassle you.
              So you're one of the guys that perpetuates the problem. Median-panhandler-bozo and I-need-a-dollar-to-get-a-bus-ticket-back-home-liar wouldn't exist if you stopped paying them.
              In another thread, I read that you have wanted to "Take a hammer to the homeless douchetards in the backalley", or something to that extent.

              With that said, don't expect me to reply to you regarding this matter.
              Want to provide a link to that quote?
              "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Gord Lacey View Post
                Ah, I usually get hit up on Whyte. I politely tell them I can't spare change and move on. It's annoying, but it doesn't wreck my day.

                What I don't like are the panhandlers that have a sob story and ask for a larger sum of money ($5+) because of ________ (insert sob story reason there). There's one guy that I've met up with twice in the past year, once just off Whyte, and another time in a South Edmonton Common store, who has this long story about how he's here from Saskatchewan and his truck broke down and he just needs $40 to get it fixed, and people here are so mean and he just wants to get back home... BS! If I see him again I'm going to take a photo of the guy, and call the cops.
                I call them "story bums". Sometimes the tales of woe can be so farfetched that I would almost laugh if they weren't such scumbags.

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                • #23
                  The most memorable panhandler to accost me was in Montreal. He asked for a handout so he could buy a gun and make some real money.

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                  • #24
                    as a rule I don't give money to anybody on the street unless they are providing some sort of entertainment like Pushup guy, acoustic guitar people, or if they've got a sign that makes me chuckle. Sitting on the ground with hands out makes me think they have no will to turn things around.

                    That said, I donate to reputable charities that help the homeless. That way I know my money isn't going to the liquor store or crack dealer.

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                    • #25
                      Hey man, Pushup guy is a world record holder. And he is a blast to party with. Lmao
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Cal76 View Post
                        Their numbers have really really gone down in last couple of years.
                        Agreed.

                        I wonder if this has anything to do with the Plan to End Homelessness?

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Komrade View Post
                          Hey man, Pushup guy is a world record holder. And he is a blast to party with. Lmao
                          I'll give Push-up Guy money if he stops doing push-ups.

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                          • #28
                            I still have problems with panhandlers, even though I agree the number has gone down. It is super frustrating though... I wish they made it illegal. I was in the U.K. recently and while they had panhandlers they would never ASK for money. They would just sit on the side of the street. I have a feeling it was illegal to actually do any asking. I was tempted to give them money just for leaving me alone lol!

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                            • #29
                              There are much better ways to help poor people then giving them money when they pan handle. That being said if I have some healthy food to spare I will give it to them if they look like they need it(most times they do).
                              When money speaks the truth is silent.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Decade View Post
                                I I was in the U.K. recently and while they had panhandlers they would never ASK for money. They would just sit on the side of the street. I have a feeling it was illegal to actually do any asking.
                                I was approached by the same guy twice in London last month, asking me if I could spare a pound.
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