So why shouldn’t people give money directly to pan-handlers? It is a common thought that the homeless will simply spend their hard “earned” money on cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. It is debated whether or not this belief is based on any truth or not. One group in San Francisco decided to find out. They found that “25 percent are alcoholics” and “32 percent are addicted to drugs” (Keyes) thus they claimed that the homeless are spending the majority of their profits on food. However, other surveys say that approximately “80% of people begging do so to support a drug habit” (Doward). So here are two sources that disagree with each other. Which one is valid? The first results were come by after a team of GLS researchers to survey the homeless people on the streets and came up with the results by their answers. The second conclusion was made by looking at police records. In places where it is illegal to panhandle, police would arrest the panhandlers and, among other things, preform a drug test on them. The results of the second statistics were deduced from these ...
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...s and those who know how to handle the situation accordingly. Don't hurt those who need help by giving them money, help those who are hurting by giving money to honourable helpers.
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Keyes, Scott. “Everything You Think You Know About Panhandlers Is Wrong”. Think Progress. 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.
Lou, A. “Should I give money to homeless beggars, especially children?”. intentious. 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.
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