The Difference between a beggar and a person in need of help

Last Update: June 05, 2017

A beggar may already have…………. yet still ask

They may take your change for transport but already have a metro card pass

A beggar will have a meal waiting at home and ask for your support due to lack of hunger

Then say………. they lactose intolerant and the Mickey cheese burger is a blunder

A beggar put out their worst, to get your best

A beggar will choose their worst clothes to be properly dressed

A beggar will claim a story and leave out all its triumphs

A beggar will not listen, they want something from you including silence

A person in need say, “Help me please”

It’s been years, but the system has me on my knees

I been working but the economy will show

That the jobs don’t pay, “I got 1 foot outside the door”

I went to school, and worked several jobs

That did not stop me from being robbed

I have something for you too

I will babysit, cook a meal or bit…. if you could help me too!

Written by B.B.

(I live in NYC)


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wendyg53 Premium
It is a sad state of affairs, but in NYC - I"m in Manhattan - many people beg as their full time job. I try to discern who really needs help, and who is really desperate. I gave $20 to some poor soul the other day. He was crying on a street corner in the Village because someone had kicked over his cup and taken his money. I rarely give that much - but he was a mess. Did he use the money for food? I sure hope so. But if he used it for alcohol or drugs...I leave that up to the universe. It's not my place to judge, but I am aware of the realities in the big, bad city.
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MKearns Premium
It's a matter of judging their intent Beatrice. Sometimes hard to do!
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BBradshaw Premium
I live in NYC and had the ability and continue to have the ability and opportunity to meet various people, while I am not always correct, the blog was sent as a message for people that claim victim instead of victory. :)
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BBradshaw Premium
Mr. Kearns, I know several panhandlers and they have apartments, food, clothes etc.....
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MKearns Premium
I'm sure you met several if you ride the subway trains Beatrice!
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srod5189 Premium
Very nice! Yea, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. I'll try to help out when I see someone with a sign asking for money, but I'll still wonder. hmmmm?
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BBradshaw Premium
Very true :)
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