i usually give a few bucks, too. no matter what they use it for, my life is easier than theirs.
The sign was probably meant to disarm the reader. I was indoctrinated in ignoring pleas, etc. during an orientation before I went to India years ago. It doesn't hurt to give a few bucks, but I think our social services here are pretty good. Hard to make the "right" decision. Actually, I could go for a cold beer right now, too.
I would give him a beer for being honest, but not money.
I was in Vegas last month and remember seeing a few folks with similar signs. I did prefer that than to see the people using pets as a ploy to get money; I felt really bad for those animals.
I always give away my change if anyone asks for it, this comes back to a person many times over if not in this life than in the next according to the Bible.
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