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40. That reminds me of a story of a homeless woman I met
Edited on Sun Feb-27-05 12:56 PM by ultraist
I was living in FL and saw this woman one night, who was in her 70s, on the side of the road with a sign. It happened to be unusually cold, so I told her she could stay the night at my house. My husband (boyfriend at the time) took her, Sarah, to our place and the next morning she wanted to us to drop her at her corner and we did.

THREE YEARS LATER, we are living in NC and my mother calls me and says, "I saw your Sarah on the side of the highway!" ( had described her to my mother as this woman was particularly beatiful and had perfect teeth, I thought that odd for a homeless person). I drove out and sure enough it was her but she did not remember me. I gave her 20 bucks and drove off. (She didn't want to go anywhere).

This woman spends her life hitchhiking from one state to another. She has no desire to go into a shelter or apply for food stamps. She claims to have once been very wealthy but her husband had her committed and she spent 30 years in an upscale mental institution. After he died and no one was left to pay her health insurance, they put her out on the streets. Of course, this may be all fictional, but I more than half believed her when she told me this.

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  -Do you give money to panhandlers? cally  Feb-27-05 12:09 PM   #0 
  - Why do they call them panhandlers?  Squatch   Feb-27-05 12:12 PM   #1 
  - I wondered that too.  Blue in Portland   Feb-27-05 02:31 PM   #70 
  - Nope  Walt Starr   Feb-27-05 12:12 PM   #2 
  - Nope  keith the dem   Feb-27-05 12:23 PM   #11 
     - I disagree, there is a real shortage of resources where they can get help  ultraist   Feb-27-05 12:43 PM   #30 
     - I disagree as well.  sfexpat2000   Feb-28-05 02:32 AM   #101 
  - I have given food  sugargoose   Feb-27-05 12:13 PM   #3 
  - Offer fresh fruit  havocmom   Feb-27-05 12:17 PM   #4 
  - i dont do this because havocmom  seabeyond   Feb-27-05 12:21 PM   #7 
     - My reasons are personal  havocmom   Feb-27-05 12:41 PM   #26 
        - i hear it havocmom and totally respect it too  seabeyond   Feb-27-05 12:54 PM   #38 
  - i do for a reason  seabeyond   Feb-27-05 12:17 PM   #5 
  - I do  imenja   Feb-27-05 12:18 PM   #6 
  - I give them a bag of food. n/t  Just Me   Feb-27-05 12:21 PM   #8 
  - SO always have a bag of food at the ready?  HEyHEY   Feb-28-05 12:04 AM   #96 
  - If I have some change in my pocket, I give it to them  gollygee   Feb-27-05 12:21 PM   #9 
  - No, I don't give to money to strangers.  Merlot   Feb-27-05 12:23 PM   #10 
  - I sure do whenever I possibly can.  SemiCharmedQuark   Feb-27-05 12:26 PM   #12 
  - Yes, in San Francisco there's still a homeless crisis, not every one can  loritooker   Feb-27-05 12:28 PM   #13 
  - No I give them food, or whatever it is they say they need. Many times  MrsGrumpy   Feb-27-05 12:29 PM   #14 
  - Some times.  Padraig18   Feb-27-05 12:30 PM   #15 
  - always  pie   Feb-27-05 12:30 PM   #16 
  - i do, it makes ME feel good  Monkie   Feb-27-05 12:33 PM   #17 
  - My friend would buy them food.  jayctravis   Feb-27-05 12:34 PM   #18 
  - check my post 45. I hate it when they start arguing I didn't give  barb162   Feb-27-05 01:09 PM   #51 
  - Sometimes, especially if they are disabled or have children.  Liberty Belle   Feb-27-05 12:34 PM   #19 
  - Yes, at the shelters I worked at we would have 2 servings per day  SemiCharmedQuark   Feb-27-05 12:37 PM   #23 
     - It's a disgrace that shouldn't happen in America.  Liberty Belle   Feb-27-05 11:09 PM   #92 
  - Sometimes I do  ultraist   Feb-27-05 12:35 PM   #20 
  - Old Dogs and Bums  Snap   Feb-27-05 12:41 PM   #27 
     - Funny you should mention this...I posted about this exact scenario.n/t  bush_is_wacko   Feb-27-05 12:45 PM   #35 
     - You have a Wise friend and Teacher! eom  ClayZ   Feb-27-05 12:54 PM   #39 
     - I resemble... er, resent that. j/k :-)  BikeWriter   Feb-28-05 08:27 PM   #110 
  - I don't think there is any right or wrong,  judy   Feb-27-05 12:36 PM   #21 
  - For a long time  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Feb-27-05 12:37 PM   #22 
  - You are right that I did  cally   Feb-27-05 12:45 PM   #34 
  - Here this one is free  proud2Blib   Feb-27-05 01:09 PM   #50 
  - Periodically. Perhaps once a month.  K-W   Feb-27-05 12:40 PM   #24 
  - I save klein Geld  Karenina   Feb-27-05 12:40 PM   #25 
  - We do not have too many here  MuseRider   Feb-27-05 12:41 PM   #28 
  - No, but I bought some dog food and a sandwich for one once when  bush_is_wacko   Feb-27-05 12:42 PM   #29 
  - That reminds me of a story of a homeless woman I met  ultraist   Feb-27-05 12:54 PM   #40 
  - I would believe her too. My grandmother came from a VERY wealthy and  bush_is_wacko   Feb-27-05 01:24 PM   #57 
     - That is so interesting, it sounds like it's right out of a novel!  ultraist   Feb-27-05 02:04 PM   #67 
        - Unfortunately, my grandmother was an embarrassment to her sisters  bush_is_wacko   Feb-27-05 06:12 PM   #83 
  - i always buy my newspapers from this homeless guy on the corner  AgadorSparticus   Feb-28-05 09:00 PM   #115 
  - No, I don't, but would you give this guy what he is asking for?  idiosyncratic   Feb-27-05 12:44 PM   #31 
  - I give buskers money.  SmokingJacket   Feb-27-05 12:44 PM   #32 
  - Usually always.  Window   Feb-27-05 12:45 PM   #33 
  - Depends on the panhandler.  Warpy   Feb-27-05 12:46 PM   #36 
  - That's true, they can DIE from withdrawals.  ultraist   Feb-27-05 01:09 PM   #49 
  - My friend bought and collected Panhandler Signs  ClayZ   Feb-27-05 12:49 PM   #37 
  - The birds were probably  XemaSab   Feb-27-05 03:02 PM   #72 
  - As an act of civil disobedience  oldlady   Feb-27-05 12:55 PM   #41 
  - That is sick! What a horrible thing! That sure does not sound like  ClayZ   Feb-27-05 01:06 PM   #47 
  - Madison, Wisconsin - State Street  oldlady   Feb-27-05 01:36 PM   #60 
  - So let me get this straight.......  Senior citizen   Feb-27-05 01:08 PM   #48 
  - Not anymore  rampaging_cynic   Feb-27-05 12:58 PM   #42 
  - That happened to my mom once, she had a great response  GardeningGal   Feb-27-05 12:59 PM   #43 
  - yes. and usually a substantial sum, if i got it.  KG   Feb-27-05 01:02 PM   #44 
  - Sometimes. There are times when I do give and they start arguing  barb162   Feb-27-05 01:02 PM   #45 
  - Absolutely not  proud2Blib   Feb-27-05 01:05 PM   #46 
  - We don't have any homeless people here in our small  murielm99   Feb-27-05 01:11 PM   #52 
  - The homeless in rural communities are harder to find.  knitter4democracy   Mar-01-05 07:54 AM   #122 
  - Rarely - approached at least 5-7 times/day  DisgustedTX   Feb-27-05 01:11 PM   #53 
  - I used to. Then my own brother became a panhandler.  Stirk   Feb-27-05 01:13 PM   #54 
  - When I lived in Manhattan, all the time. Glad to do it.  autorank   Feb-27-05 01:13 PM   #55 
  - I almost always do  Yupster   Feb-27-05 01:17 PM   #56 
  - exactly  grasswire   Feb-27-05 01:45 PM   #62 
  - probably not anymore. someone took advantage of my good nature  phaseolus   Feb-27-05 01:32 PM   #58 
  - coming and going  tinonedown   Feb-27-05 01:36 PM   #59 
  - I prefer to help the working poor  Blue Wally   Feb-27-05 01:42 PM   #61 
  - Yes, Unless Their Sign Says "God Bless You"  otohara   Feb-27-05 01:50 PM   #63 
  - I do, and I don't care if they spend it on booze.  FarceOfNature   Feb-27-05 01:53 PM   #64 
  - Causes of Homelessness  ultraist   Feb-27-05 01:53 PM   #65 
  - Yes  Autumn   Feb-27-05 01:58 PM   #66 
  - my dad did  bigtree   Feb-27-05 02:14 PM   #68 
  - If I have cash on me, I do.  Blue in Portland   Feb-27-05 02:25 PM   #69 
  - Mostly no but sometimes  Piperay   Feb-27-05 02:56 PM   #71 
  - let me provide an illustration  grasswire   Feb-27-05 03:05 PM   #73 
  - Occasionally. I would more often if I wasn't so broke.  UdoKier   Feb-27-05 03:05 PM   #74 
  - Not many in my small town  Nikia   Feb-27-05 03:07 PM   #75 
  - Thanks for all your responses  cally   Feb-27-05 03:10 PM   #76 
  - I went to school in Arcata, CA  XemaSab   Feb-27-05 03:21 PM   #77 
  - I occasionally do...  drdon326   Feb-27-05 03:39 PM   #78 
  - I've never offered them money  sakabatou   Feb-27-05 03:55 PM   #79 
  - Anthens Georgia  DaCheat   Feb-27-05 03:58 PM   #80 
  - If they want money for food, then I give them food***  Egalitariat   Feb-27-05 04:04 PM   #81 
  - Usually I do. Whatever change I have in my pockets.  Dorian Gray   Feb-27-05 04:33 PM   #82 
  - Yes-For Drink or Food- Anything To Ease the Pain  chlamor   Feb-27-05 06:36 PM   #84 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-27-05 07:08 PM   #85 
  - The rich and the poor rarely mingle.  SmokingJacket   Feb-27-05 07:24 PM   #90 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-27-05 07:31 PM   #91 
        - Aww, gone so soon?  SmokingJacket   Feb-28-05 11:26 AM   #105 
  - "What do you do?"  area51   Feb-27-05 07:12 PM   #86 
  - I give.  TrustingDog   Feb-27-05 07:14 PM   #87 
  - Occasionally.  Cleita   Feb-27-05 07:15 PM   #88 
  - It depends  PowerToThePeople   Feb-27-05 07:17 PM   #89 
  - No way.  SeveneightyWhoa   Feb-27-05 11:23 PM   #93 
  - No...  Spacejet   Feb-27-05 11:52 PM   #94 
  - d  BrutalEntropy   Feb-27-05 11:57 PM   #95 
  - No  SheWhoMustBeObeyed   Feb-28-05 12:08 AM   #97 
  - Yes. But not inside business establishments.  oasis   Feb-28-05 12:14 AM   #98 
  - I always give  magellan   Feb-28-05 01:58 AM   #99 
  - from time to time.  d_b   Feb-28-05 02:28 AM   #100 
  - I give sometimes  superconnected   Feb-28-05 02:56 AM   #102 
  - usually  mark414   Feb-28-05 03:09 AM   #103 
  - I started bringing a banana, sometimes a sandwich every day  lostnfound   Feb-28-05 05:00 AM   #104 
  - it depends.  MsTryska   Feb-28-05 11:29 AM   #106 
  - I was homeless for about twenty years.  Senior citizen   Feb-28-05 07:51 PM   #107 
  - Your story really hit me  Canadian Socialist   Feb-28-05 08:54 PM   #113 
  - In the news just this recently was an item  Senior citizen   Mar-01-05 02:51 AM   #119 
  - If I were president, you'd be my first choice HUD secretary. Your  oasis   Feb-28-05 09:03 PM   #116 
  - I have before,  Dave Reynolds   Feb-28-05 08:05 PM   #108 
  - If I have spare change, sure  walldude   Feb-28-05 08:15 PM   #109 
  - depends  bluedipper   Feb-28-05 08:31 PM   #111 
  - Yes, if I have money on me  DawgHouse   Feb-28-05 08:41 PM   #112 
  - Where I live there are a number of agencies, churches, community groups  buddysmellgood   Feb-28-05 08:58 PM   #114 
  - Sure do  tinfoilinfor2005   Feb-28-05 09:08 PM   #117 
  - Sleep outside in Washington DC in the winter  really-looney   Feb-28-05 09:39 PM   #118 
  - Usually, unless they're obviously fakers.  American Tragedy   Mar-01-05 07:19 AM   #120 
  - Yes, and have bought food for them too. n/t  OmmmSweetOmmm   Mar-01-05 07:37 AM   #121 
  - Once in a while  noonwitch   Mar-01-05 08:06 AM   #123 
  - Yes...  jeffrey_X   Mar-01-05 01:38 PM   #124 
 

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