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willjones4 wrote:the gas can is a front-these are usually crackheads and run of the mill beggars.
willjones4 wrote:Yeah, I think meth is the "new crack"---at any rate, these people dont give a damn about gas, they want their fix-period. Thats why the guy ran off after getting the fiver--he couldnt wait to get his fix. Where I live, we've had an influx of hurricane evacuees who are also addicts--you cant go downtown without getting hit up by at least three or four beggars-some do a little dance routine or something, some make up lies (including carrying gas cans), whatever it takes to get that hit...I give money to homeless SHELTERS when I can, not homeless people, and when they ask me for a handout I refer them to the shelter...usually that really pisses them off because the shelter doesnt hand out meth...if your heart insists that you help these people, give them food directly or refer them, but DONT give them cash, youll just be helping them supply their habit...
emailking wrote:The problem with this is that there are many legitimate beggars, who really do need the money so they can eat that night.
I don't necessarily have time to take someone to the grocery store, so I usually do give some money to a desperate person on the street. I'm sure some of it has gone to drugs or booze, but I'm sure a lot of it went to food as well. So at least I have given something rather than nothing.
One time though the beggars started multiplying when they saw me give some money. I had to say no.
Falconoffury wrote:If someone could earn a few hundred quid in part of a day, I would be shocked. People must really care about beggars in London.
willjones4 wrote:the gas can is a front-these are usually crackheads and run of the mill beggars. They figure the gas can makes it look more legit ("just need some money to get some gas to get home, me and my five kids")---funny, the car and kids are usually remotely located, waiting for this guy to return----a guy came to me once with this story and his can-I said "sure buddy, no problem, give me your can and I'll go fill it up, where are you parked?" he promptly remembered he needed to go check on something and left...
Yes, London beggars can make several hundred pounds a day.
Every time gas prices start to rise, the Eau Claire Police Department says its phones begin to ring off the hook.
Now, the department says it can't afford to respond to every gas drive-off.
Officer Jason Kaveney says last year, officers responded to more than 200 gas drive-offs. He says 75 percent of the time, the officer was called simply to help the gas station figure out who the car was registered to.
Jack wrote:The only question is, which to pack? 9mm or .40?
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