Originally Posted by L&AirC
Wasn't going to post but...(shhh. I've been drinking)
Said that back in the 70's, people in NY wore making 50-60K per year panhandling!
As always, some folks will "F" it up for those that really need help.
Since anyone that knows me, knows my memory is poop, and the beer I had was pretty strong, I called my brother and asked him about this. He said "It was more like $50-$60 a day. On good days they could hit over 100." Right numbers, wrong decimal. Either way, they were making off the people that were working, as much as those people made by leaching off them. To me, that is stealing and specifically from the people that need it.
Originally Posted by markojp
Being that the average household wage in 1975 was just under 12k, let's just say his claim is somewhat doubtful and another anecdote of the 'rich'poor. Nah, let's dispense with the niceities and call it what it is... BS. Sorry, but this stuff hits a sore spot with me.
We each have our sensitivities. Panhandling in this area has gotten so bad, that they are encouraging people to deposit money in specific meters (used to be parking meters) and it is all supposed to go to the homeless via soup kitchens and the like. On the news this morning, they interviewed a woman that helped get this going : http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/new-parking-meters-raise-money-for-manchester-homeless-shelter/-/9857858/21321086/-/lm7e02z/-/index.html Her words were that most of the people panhandling weren't homeless. To me, and "my" sensitivity, this is no different than the women that lied about being hurt at the Boston Marathon. Liars and thieves and they are stealing from those in need! They are the worst.
I have been in need of assistance in the past and had to use it to take care of my family when I was out of work. I have little tolerance for people that take advantage of the system or others.
I don't mind being told that what I stated was incorrect and have no problem admitting that I was wrong, but would prefer to not be used as fodder for your political statement.
Sorry for the