This discussion of homleless and beggars around town has been had before.
The guy who currently sits at the entrance driveway of Kroger has been standing on corners around town for YEARS! ! ! ! ! I happen to know for a fact that he was offered a job as a day laborer (cash / no taxes to pay) and he turned it down. YES. HE SAID NO!
And, I have also PERSONALLY been approached on the street by someone with a hand open for money, and when the offer was (by the man I was with) to take him instead into the cafe we were in front of for a hot meal of anything he wanted to order, without skipping a beat the guy said "Ah just forget it" and walked passed. I was so impressed with my friend who did that and then SHOCKED when the guy rudely said "Forget it".
There are way too many better ways for the homeless to meet their needs, if in fact is IS just food they need. However, when it's just the MONEY they're asking for and reject offers of food OR WORK, I become very suspicious. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it is.
No, this conversation is an old one and always comes down to "You have no compassion!" to anyone with these feelings. And, that could not be further from true.
Case in point:
Quote from BRD post:
"Just in case someone is thinking Kroger is wrong for not allowing "panhandling" at their stores, Kroger just received an award from Forbes Magazine for being "the most generous" company in the US... "
And yet, there are some who think it's inhumane to keep the front doors of a business cleared of begging.
Why doesn't someone invent something like a Red Box for charitable donations and post them at business doors. It could include local charities like Damascus House, Philadelphia House, the church in town that gives lunches/dinners to the homeless, or the larger/national charities like United Way. I'll bet you a LOT more money would be put into that box than in the hand of the guy begging.