Yes I give money to people on the street and buskers. I also buy the Big Issue.
I think it's a total crock to say I do not give money to beggars cos they might spend it on drugs or grogg. Do you think the same thing when you leave a tip for the waitress? Just give or don't give.
I give to worthwhile charities, yes, however not to a normal joe blow on the streets when begging. Why? You don't know where your hard earned cash is going. They could use it to buy drugs, you never know. Having been a junkie in the past, I don't like that. Buskers, for sure, if they entertain me they deserve it :)
Yes I do, always. I figure that if they are so desperate for money that they are willing to put aside their ego and sit on the streets then no matter how broke I am, I must be in a better position than they are, because I could never picture myself doing that. They mustn't be lucky enough to have someone close to them to ask for help. They are depending on the kindness of strangers, and I'd like to prove to them that people care.
not for beer that's for sure! Have given money before but always wonder do they really need it or are they just saving for something. You can't tell if they are lying or not. Don't mind giving it for buskers though, at least they have earned it.