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[User Picture]From: danitapgh Date: October 30th, 2003 - 03:25 pm (Link)
A few months ago, I was walking to the Giant Eagle in Squirrel Hill at night. A woman with a small child were coming down the street towards me. The child must not have been older than 6. The woman asked me for some money so she could find a place to stay that night. Since she had a small child with her, I felt extra guilty. I gave her the smallest bill that I had on me which happened to be a $20. This is a lot more than I usually give to beggars at any one time. So, she thanked me quite heartily and went on her way. I was feeling too shy to pry into her personal situation even though I thought it might be good to take her to a women's shelter or something - especially since she had the kid with her. On Tuesday night, Anu and I ran into the same woman on the streets of Squil. She had the same small child and gave the same pitch. This time we declined to give her any money. This time she insulted us when we were barely out of ear shot. I felt dirty - both for giving her and not giving her money. Guilt sucks.
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: October 30th, 2003 - 03:42 pm (Link)
Guilt? Feh. People who suck, suck. How dare she insult you for not giving her money! I wish strangers would hand me $20 bills, but I don't get mad at them for not handing me a 20.

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