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Should you give money to beggars?

For people fortunate enough to have extra money in their pockets, giving it away can be fraught with stress. The decision to give or not to give money to homeless people has real-world consequences. This question is not concerned with the legality of giving money, but rather with the moral and ethical dilemma that goes along with it.

No, you never know what they might do with it.

Once that money has changed hands, you relinquish control over what the other person does with it.

They may spend it on drugs or alcohol

They may gamble it away

A disproportionally high percentage of the homeless population have gambling problems. Explore

No, it disincentives them from seeking serious help.

Homeless people experience many problems beyond lack of housing, and they're not going to fix those with the change you give them on the street.

They may not feel pressure to save

The amount of money made on the streets varies day to day, but each dollar earned in a day may reduce the incentive to save. Explore

They may not feel pressure to seek employment

Beggars make easy money. Contributing to them further reduces the incentive to seek employment. Explore

Yes, you should always give to those who have less.

If you were homeless, you'd want someone to help you out with money.

It shows solidarity

Giving money shows that you care. Lifting someone's spirits may be more valuable than the money itself. Explore

It doesn't matter what they do with the money

Whether they spend it on food or drugs, it doesn't matter how the homeless person uses it. Explore

It will make you feel good.

Acts of kindness are oftentimes more for the person doing the act than the recipient. Explore

The Ripple Effect

Giving a dollar to one person may end up helping more people down the line. Explore

Yes, it will make you feel good.

Acts of kindness are often more for the person doing the action than the recipient. It's simple: doing good makes us feel good.

Helper's High

Give to charities instead.

Charities know what to do with the money, and your donation can help more people more effectively.

The Growth Effect

Charities know what beggars really need

Give food instead of money.

They can't do anything bad with food.

Giving something other money shows that you care

Food is a basic necessity

Everyone needs to eat. Giving food to a homeless person eliminates the step of them needing to buy it themselves and they can save their money for something else. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 27 Apr 2020 at 16:34 UTC