Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:06:45 AM
"It's not my job to figure out whether they are genuine or not."
Indeed it is. This attitude is one of the major contributors to the ineffectiveness of American charity. Throwing away resources to thieves and liars is worse than not giving at all because it creates an "industry" for unethical behavior, thus increasing crime in an environment. There are times when shotgun charity works, such as disaster relief, but it never works with homeless and poor.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:51:32 AM
Doesn't anybody save money these days? When you are doing well and living large, before you buy your new iPad, accumulate some savings so you can get through a few years of bad times.
It`s not a matter of being irresponsible being broke and having nice things. It`s a matter of being irresponsible back when you were not broke and spent too much so you couldn`t weather the storm.
Monday, November 18, 2013 8:56:49 PM
Im on foodstamps, and homeless. Im going into Job Corps do to lack of housing, and lack of jobs. I have a decent laptop that cost 600$ when I got it four years ago, and an Ipod that cost around $500 when I got it. I was doing well when I bought these things, but now together I'd be lucky to get $200. I already sold both my PS3 and Xbox360. I use my Ipod for free texting, and my laptop for job apps. They are worth more to me, then $200. and if I sold them that $200 would last me maybe a week, while my Laptop and Ipod have so far lasted years. If I had no food stamps, and it came down to it, I would sell them like I have my Xbox and PS4 no big deal.
Monday, November 18, 2013 8:22:22 PM
I grew up really poor, holes in my clothes, wearing flip-flops to school. I remember my mom using a door for a table. She stayed out til 2-3am saying she was "at the coffe shop." I did have a few nice things but no one questioned me on them. I've eaten some things I don`t even want to repeat. I never judge the poor and will try to help even I see a pan handler. It`s not my job to figure out whether they are genuine or not. I do like how people associate conservatives with this, when that OP`s name was thegodlessatheist. Most conservatives are Christians. But hey, who cares about facts?
Monday, November 18, 2013 6:48:25 PM
It all depends on the situation. There are people around here with cars with around $10,000 worth of wheels and tires on them, not to mention thousands of dollars worth of stereo equipment in them, living in a falling-apart house, with five kids, all going hungry because they are illegally converting their food stamps to money to spend on their car. My brother was talking to one of these guys a few months ago. The guy was complaining about how he couldn't afford his power bill, and my brother asked, "why don`t you sell that ridiculous car, buy something practical, and use the rest of the money to pay bills?" The guy`s reply? "I`m not going to have a car that`s not nicer than my house!" That kind of mentality is the sort of thing that causes people to look at those who are on welfare, and have nice things, in a bad light. Of course, as with everything, there are always exceptions.