Most of you don't give and think panhandlers are on the take. Thoughts on those people with signs that ask for your money.

It begs the question: do you give money to panhandlers? We asked on Facebook and you responded with over 100 comments in less than 8 hours with wide-ranging opinions of the cardboard entrepreneurs often seen around our fair city. So, do you give? Let's break it down.

Yes

  • Absolutely! I will always help when I can. It’s not up to me to judge.
  • Sure do... Also give them rides, buy them food, give them hugs and encouragement.
  • I cut out the middle man. I give them booze and drugs. Lol
  • Generally I do. I don’t know anyone’s story nor is it my business to judge, people are just trying to make it through.
  • I might give him a buck or two, just based on the laugh from his sign.

No

  • No, get a job
  • No. Absolutely not.
  • There are plenty of jobs
  • I do not but I always acknowledge with a smile or wave.

Hell No

  • Absolutely NOT! Go get a freakin job!
  • Absolutely NOT.!! THERE ARE JOBS EVERYWHERE AND IF YOU CAN'T WORK THERE ARE PROGRAMS TO HELP THEM THEY ARE JUST LAZY AND WANT TO DO DRUGS IN MY OPINION.!!

Well, I heard....

  • They make more than I do lol
  • Nope, because most of them make a living begging for money. They make anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 a year begging people for money. I’ve seen the nice cars they get in when they’re day is over.
  • Tried to give a guy on Stadium and Drake food and winter gloves he didn't take it. Didn't have cash his sigh said need money to get home. Then 2 months later seen him with same sigh on 9th st and 94 . He must live a long way away. Lol
  • I've seen them getting in really nice cars and trucks afterwards, newer than mine.

Do this, not that

  • Nope I tell them I can give them a ride to the mission
  • Food, clothes, a listening ear, absolutely, but never cold hard cash.
  • My daughter Andrea says it best “ I Wil always feed the hungry but I will not support their habit “ so she drives to McDonald’s and buys them food and drops it off..

As you can see, it was a raging debate about ethics, employment, entitlement, cash and compassion. So, what do we do the next time we see someone? I might like this idea the best:

We made up care packages that we gave out when we came across a homeless person. Wasn't your typical care package,we put hat, gloves, protein bars, 4 cigarettes, matches and a little single shot (little bottle of booze...I know...) and also put $4 in the bag. Tried to cover everything!