It absolutely breaks my heart to see these people. I feel terrible that it has gotten so bad for some people. However, you know some of them are scam artists. It's almost impossible to tell nowadays who is legit and who isn't. Years ago, if you saw someone on the corner, you know they really needed the help. Now, you just can't really tell.
What's really sad is that you start to learn their faces, which intersection they prefer, and what times they are going to be there. You even learn what their signs say. (Am I the only one that is too observant? Does anyone else learn these things?)
I have always thought it would be cool to create a shelter that can hold a lot of people, teach them skills to better themselves, and provide them with the necessities of life. The only requirement for coming to shelter is the desire to better yourself. That's all. No scams, no freeloaders. Unfortunately, what I have in mind is something that would cost a ton of money.
I have no other solution for this problem. I still have to see them. I am afraid to help because my "help" may not be wanted and/or wasted (aka--money used for booze).
Okay, enough of the sappy reflection. Happy Thursday!