Bad, very bad actually and I don't wish it upon anyone, not even my worse enemy.
So...2 days ago I was off and i was going to visit a friend and I saw a homeless older man standing by the lights, holding a sign, all the passerbys were ignoring him and i noticed he hung his head in exasperation and disappointment. I felt bad and i pulled $5 and rolled down my window and called him over, he was so happy, he ran and took the money. Few hours later another man (younger) was standing in the same spot holding the same sign ( i recognized the same cardboard sign, the same color ink, the same writing) and something occured to me, that perhaps that some of those people were working together to collect money...what do you think, do you think some make a business out of it??
Perhaps, but I wouldn't look at that negatively. They could all be sleeping in the same tent village, storm drain, underpass, copse of trees off the interstate. . . perhaps they take turns then share a meal or buy something the group needs. Taking turns standing and begging has to be emotionally grueling.
When you give money to a person requesting it, do you care what they do with it? Or, is it the act of giving that is important?