Thank you for sharing a bit of your story here and sharing the lessons you’ve learned. 🙂
As I mentioned in my reply to Alan, I think the reason I hesitated giving to the street musicians was less about the street musicians or my attitude towards how they would use the money, and more about simply not being sure of myself enough to stand out of the crowd.
I have no problem donating, as you know from my donations to you, and I’ve donated to many people this year. The difference was that all these donations were online. There was no face-to-face contact or strangers standing around me.