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Old 11-29-2016, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got scammed by a non homeless bitch

Yep
I tried to pay it forward and I got scammed. I called all the women's shelters. Listened to her life story. Gave her some cigarettes and a few bucks so she wouldn't freeze overnight because it was snowing. Offered to get her a resume don etc. Didn't want to give money but unfortunately there are no shelters for women in our area. Gave her my number and sent her on the bus.

Hoped for a follow up. She seemed legit. I thought o was a good judge lol

Fuckin scam!

Apparently she's a regular on this corner. Her and her boyfriend.

Probably making more money than the rest of us.

I wonder if I should ask for my money back or just be glad that I did a good deed.

Fucker!
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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when this happens i like to think of it in the same way as paying tuition for some courses

you learned a lesson for a sum of money
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-29-2016, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's my outlook on it:

If the person is begging on the corner, truly homeless or not, there life almost definitely sucks big time.

If you give them a few bucks and they just use it for drugs or w/e, well at least you gave them some temporary relief from their shit life. That is ultimately all you were trying to do in the first place anyway right?


I like capt's thought process too, but unfortunately all too 9ften that 'lesson learned' is "dont bother helping homeless people because they cant be trusted" or something similar.
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Old 11-29-2016, 12:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 11-29-2016, 12:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here's my outlook on it:

If the person is begging on the corner, truly homeless or not, there life almost definitely sucks big time.

If you give them a few bucks and they just use it for drugs or w/e, well at least you gave them some temporary relief from their shit life. That is ultimately all you were trying to do in the first place anyway right?


I like capt's thought process too, but unfortunately all too 9ften that 'lesson learned' is "dont bother helping homeless people because they cant be trusted" or something similar.
the lesson here isn't don't trust anyone. the lesson is that turm is a good person who wants to help people. but you can't help someone who doesn't want to help themselves.
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's my outlook on it:

If the person is begging on the corner, truly homeless or not, there life almost definitely sucks big time.

If you give them a few bucks and they just use it for drugs or w/e, well at least you gave them some temporary relief from their shit life. That is ultimately all you were trying to do in the first place anyway right?


I like capt's thought process too, but unfortunately all too 9ften that 'lesson learned' is "dont bother helping homeless people because they cant be trusted" or something similar.
It's like people who get pissed because squirrels get into their bird feeders. Fuck it, you're feeding something.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I used to buy the beggars at truck stops food, i never give them money, usually the guys who were truly homeless would appreciate it, but the many who weren't would actually get upset
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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She said she was 30 bucks short of getting a room for the night. We had just had snowfall and our town has no shelter for women. I didn't want her freezing..

A homeless man recently burned to death in his van a week or two ago from trying to keep warm from candles because of lack of shelters in our area.

I bet this woman had a penthouse suite haha

Oh well. As long as she didn't die eh.

I wouldn't have given money otherwise.

Lesson totally learned.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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What lesson did you get from it?

Would you have acted differently?
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Old 11-29-2016, 11:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We're all gonna die. Why not show some compassionin the process? I've been down in the trenches, cleaning up needles from homeless camps and shit. The single most frustrating thing that has ever happened was after getting some amazing seafood pasta. I had ordered more than me or my lady could finish, so we took some to go. On the way back to the car, a homeless clan engaged us. They had no money, no food, no prospects. New to the area. Needed money to stay warm and alive. I didn't have cash, but offered up the nicest seafood pasta this side of the Mississippi.

Ill never forget this motherfuckers response. It wasnt a "no thank you". It wasn't a "I'm allergic to seafood", it was a "fuck that shit, it doesn't get me high". As a former addict and current person that really hit me hard. Fuck that shit. if people want to waste their lives dying that's their problem. I mean hell,I do the same thing but I don't try to disenfranchise people in the process.

TL;DR: We all gonna die. Don't get conned in the process
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Old 11-30-2016, 03:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I really believe that most chronically homeless people are mentally ill.

On the other hand...when I worked in food service, we tried to help this one guy. Then that became 5 guys. Then they were shitting on the side of the building. Bumming off customers, in the lobby. Getting mad because we weren't feeding them, on demand. Always wanting more, more, more. It was hard to remember they were sick.

You did good turm and as usual, you are awesome.
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I'll always give homeless people a few dollars if they ask but at this point what I really do to help probably isn't something you can pull off with your current living situation. I'm currently renting a big 5 bedroom right by the beach and letting a large number of addicts stay here contingent on the fact that they stay sober and take steps. We currently have 8 guys living here, 3 of them were homeless before they came. We need to see willingness to change so we ask them to go to detox or section themselves before they come. We've been doing this since September and have only had 1 relapse so far.


It's also a hell of a lot of fun sharing a house with a big group of people all trying to do the right thing.
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What lesson did you get from it?

Would you have acted differently?
Not to give out so much money... I gave 60 bucks and smokes.

Money for groceries which I saw her buy and the rest for her room :/

I wouldn't have acted differently but I would have waited a few days to see if the person was working that corner.

Do my own investigation maybe.

Humbled myself.. people are really good liars.


Kinda scary.
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Sucks there are people like that because it almost makes it impossible to become cynical. I live in an area that has a high homeless/unemployed/substance abuse issues and I used to be pretty good about forking over some change. I really don't care if people use money on drinking or drugs. I find it pretty hard to be sober myself and I have an apartment and a car. Most be that much harder being sober on the streets. When I was living in government funded drug housing I used to try and help out the people because I got to know most of them and a lot of them were really cool, just down on their luck with substance abuse and mental illness but after awhile people were knocking on my window every night looking for a handout. As many cool people there were there were just as many idiots who were constantly just robbing people and running scams.

A couple months ago some guy came up to me while I was getting gas and wanted change. I gave him what was in my cup holder, not much like 85 cents maybe he literally threw it in my face and cursed me out for not handing him a bill. But I still remember when I was volunteering at a food hamper program some people would actually break down in tears and thank me endlessly after I handed them their hamper so there's still hope for humanity, not much but some.
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I bought a drunk a pack of beer once who was begging outside the beer store.
I felt his pain.
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