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Rewarding beggars only creates more beggars.
In fact, most of us give to beggars to relieve our own feelings of guilt. If someone really needs help, that means they need your time, not your money. |
Again, the basic economic laws of Supply and Demand are what control social behaviors. When a beggar receives a donation (pay for his work - yes, begging is work), the market correctly interprets that to mean that the market likes beggars and the result is that there are soon more beggars.
If you doubt this, then try this very simple experiment. Get a group of friends and go out and sell some ridiculous item. Set the whole thing up, where your group would, one by one, approach the single seller. WIthin an hour, or two at the most, you will see competition (additional sellers). This is the basic law of Supply & Demand.
Giving beggars money only creates more beggars. If you really see someone in need, and you care, then stop and give them your time. This will ultimately cost you much more than money, but if you really want to help, that is exactly what it's going to take.
For me, since I can't just go around helping people at random, I schedule my 'charity giving', for example, spending 3 hours a week/month visiting a social welfare center.