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Phone Number Report: This is such a complicated issue and I could see why you chosoe not to interact with homeless individuals in your neighborhood. As much as it is heart-wrenching to see impoverished people struggling on the street, there is the very real issue of safety. You're right about people making a decent living from begging. There was a documentary about people who panhandle on New York City subway cars. If they got $1 in change from each car, and there are 10 cars, and they can get through two trains in a single hour, then they're working a $20/hr job, which is more than many people make. Crazy. Yet I don't want a fear of being duped (nor resentment toward professional beggars ) to deter me from helping those who could use a meal and a conversation.And I love the story that you shared about the guy who demanded to be acknowledged by you. So powerful. I'm glad that you took his words to heart and shared them with all of us so that we can learn the Big Lesson right along with you.