Their signs are usually made from squares of cardboard. They vary in their messages, saying things such as “Out of work,” “Please help, will take any coins,” “Have two kids and lost job,” and “Any change will help.”
You’ve seen them on your way to work or on your lunch break. They include the thousands of panhandlers standing on many of our cities’ corners and intersections. Some are homeless, some are teens, some are vets and some are just trying to make ends meet. They range in age, circumstances and needs.
In discussing this issue let’s start with a few realities. The first is this: The idea that these unfortunate souls are making money by the bucket loads is an urban myth.