I could bet you anything it is the latter. There is no way on earth they go hungry – they can get foodstamps. And it’s just easier for them to go beg. I am devoutly of the latter opinion. This country is full of opportunities AND takes care of those who are less fortunate. That is why I never ever give them money. If they are selling a newspaper, yes I’d buy. If they are playing an instrument, yes I’d donate. If they are contributing to society in any way shape or form and I feel sincerity, I back them up but an empty hand outstretched in my direction, when I worked harder than anything in this world for every penny, no thank you – I do not encourage that…..Ok I got carried away but I am so happy we agree. You be safe and healthy please, Raam!