For the first time since I was little, I visited Atlanta last weekend. Three times, people asked me for money. Two of those times, it was the same person. The first time, I gave him a dollar. The second, I pretty much said I was broke. He didn't recognize me, and I was skeptical.
My dad has told me of all kinds of stories of people who were pretending to be homeless just to get a cheap buck off of someone's guilt. Some will use it just to buy a bottle of vodka or something, or simply scam people.
It seriously makes me question my moral judgment on whether or not I should give out money. On the other hand, I can't stand the thought of someone being homeless and not knowing if they're going to make it into the next day. I would hate to be in that situation and would be forever grateful for someone if they helped me out.
How do you tell someone who's just trying to rip you off a dollar vs. someone who is truly homeless and in need?