Haven’t deal with it much since NJ/NY area years back. Beggars equally all skin colors and the most common?
republican prep college kids “slumming”, pretending to be broke.
Haircut gives you away
If not that, nice recently soap clean skin. It shows.
Arguments of “just gonna buy drugs/alcohol” don’t wash because you’re not the one stuck out there. Somebody’s donation will go for food but sometimes food isn’t enough to replace a safe place to call home.
It also saddens me that many Christians – both liberal and conservative alike – would gladly give to funds matching work program donations but would turn their nose up at a street beggar using these kinds of bad human excuses.
You’re an objectively better person than I for it and I’m glad you do what you do. I talk a good game but I let my wariness of scam get the better of me most of the time.