(Closed) Some people are disgusting! (sorry foul language)

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

It is amazing how low some people will sink. Disgusting.

Post # 4
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@sehrler:  It’s really awful how many people do this. There were some kids around where I live with a sign that said “Help pay for Katie’s funeral” or something, this little girl was supposed to have died from cancer and her family couldn’t afford her funeral costs. Well it turns out they were caught at a gas station a block away using all that money towards candy, drinks, etc. Just terrible. Preying on people’s goodwill and emotions to get money is one of the lowest things you can do, IMO.

Post # 5
491 posts
Helper bee

That’s so messed up. I’m glad you called the school to check up on things, definitely the right thing to do!



Post # 7
7524 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

That is why the only people I hand cash to are our local firefighters when they do the “Fill The Boot” on the side of the road- because you can’t fake a fire truck!  Everyone else gets a check in the mail when I have researched the charity.

Post # 8
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@sehrler:  Ack! That is horrible. I can’t believe how aggressive he was.

I have become extremely jaded with panhandlers. It is a well known fact that the “bums” around here have a very strict schedule and location. I have literally witnessed a shift change where one packs up and leaves and the other comes in with his new bicycle, hides it in the grass, stashes his Ipod, changes his clothes and meanders over to the corner. It is insane around here.

Post # 9
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Treejewel19:  Ugh, tell me about it! Bumming/panhandling is like a legit career choice in NYC where I work. I’ve gotten so jaded working here where I pretty much ignore everyone and never give money to them – most of them have a higher net worth than me as they don’t have student loan debt and just get by begging people (usually tourists) for money. 

Post # 12
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When I worked at Crown Bookstore, we had a customer that was notorious for bringing a bag of children’s books into the store without a receipt and trying to return them for cash.  She gave a whole sob store of her little boy who died and he just got all these books for Christmas/birthday/whichever holiday was closest and she couldn’t bear to look at them anymore.  The books were all stolen, from various bookstores in the area.  She always knew to try and scam the new employee who didn’t know better.  I must have called the police on her half a dozen times.  I’m sure I looked like a total bitch, throwing a “grieving mother” out of the store.

Post # 13
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ugh, that’s so sad that people prey on strangers’ kindness and emotions to try to get money out of them.  There’s this one woman who stands at a traffic light at my local mall (in an affluent MD suburb) with a sign saying “4 kids, facing EVICTION, please help, God bless” who I have given money to in the past, but then I realized she’s been at the same mall with the same sign for at least 5 years now!  I mean, haven’t they already evicted you at this point?

Post # 14
2685 posts
Sugar bee

@sehrler:  The panhandlers at stop lights have really increased around where I work.  One day, I saw a man at a stoplight with a sign saying he was living in the woods to save money for his sick wife with ovarian cancer.  The very next day, I saw a completely different man with the same exact sign in the same location on my commute.  I haven’t been able to bring myself to give them money since that.  Sometimes I’ll ask what their favorite local charity is and give money to that organization instead.

Post # 15
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’re better off to support a reputable charity that has street teams that help folks get in off the street, get cleaned up and a solid meal. Most also offer employment services.

Good on the OP for reporting it – good, reputable and respected charities often get a bad rap by proxy because of scammers on the street. But please please PLEASE don’t let this discourage you from donating to quality charities doing great work in your communities. 


Post # 16
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

This is why I don’t give people money, ever. I don’t know their story and I don’t get a tax receipt. Nope, no thanks. I work hard for my money and it is not to be given away to people who don’t work at all.

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