The MTA is giving handouts to the JETS – why can’t I give to people who beg?

2 Comments so far

  1. SomeJoe (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 11:56 pm

    You give “coins to beggars” and the rest of us then have to deal with more bums. When begging on the train is profitable, people will beg on the train. If you like people begging on the train, support begging on the train.

    At least charities often help contingent on some form rehabilitation. Giving a dollar might make you feel better about yourself but you’re really just prolonging those people’s suffering.

  2. Lsquared (unregistered) on May 25th, 2005 @ 12:48 am

    I don’t know if I said I support begging on the train. What I said was – I don’t want to be told that I shouldn’t reponse to people who have no choice but to beg. Who am I to play God, and say – no I won’t reach into my pocket and give you some of what I have, because supposedly some charity, which you (the begger), don’t know about – will help you, if you can just get there.

    I admit, i don’t know a lot or anything probably about the culture of begging in New York. In Philly, we really didn’t have begging on the trains. We had people come up to you in the street, with a “story.” Or in my case, living in a tough neighborhood, they would come to the door late at night, also with a “story.” So admittedly, there are probably many more sides to the subway begging controversy than I understand.

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