So being out on the road we always come across situations that we don't normally come across when we are home. One thing we've noticed especially lately is that almost every time we leave the hotel we are seeing/experiencing a lot of folks who are living on the streets. People asking for a dollar. People asking for spare change.
It's something we've talked about quite a bit...when someone asks for money we want to help. We are very fortunate to have jobs, places to live, etc. and it is easy to grab the change in your pocket or a couple bucks, hand it over and walk away. At the same time, you never know what that money is actually being used for and you don't know if you are helping or not. So we've gotten into the habit of offering food in place of money.
We had a funny encounter today...we walked passed a gentlemen who had a sign that in big, bold writing said "WEED, SEX" and something else....he was sporting a giant hat that had marijuana leaves on it...he was quite a character. As we walked past he looked right at us, held up his sign and said, "Anyone wanna help me get SH!T-faced?" He said it loud and proud...we laughed...and continued walking...ha...at least he was being honest.
Anyway..it's not easy to know what to say/do sometimes. What do you do when you encounter people asking you for money?