We were joyous to witness a verbal slap down of one of the peripatetic panhandlers at the Downtown Post Office this morning.
As is the custom, one of the regulars made his plaintive request for some spare change to a young man who was exiting the facility. The subject of the solicitation turned and faced the requester squarely and answered back in a firm, flat tone, “I don’t give money. Get a job and work like everyone else has to.”
We from the Front Stoop applaud this gentleman’s response and advise the soft touches and bleeding hearts types to follow his lead. There are service agencies aplenty that help those in need. Give your money to them. Every time you honor the request of a panhandler you are encouraging more of the same.
We’re tired of having to run the gauntlet just to conduct business at the post office. Giving money to these individuals only enables them by rewarding them for the bad choices they continually make.