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Would you help a stranger if they asked you for help?

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Old 12-13-09, 11:51 PM
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Would you help a stranger if they asked you for help?

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Old 12-14-09, 12:09 AM
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I can answer unequivocally, without a doubt, it's a definite maybe. It would depend on the circumstances.
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I can answer unequivocally, without a doubt, it's a definite maybe. It would depend on the circumstances.
Perfect start to the thread.
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Old 12-14-09, 12:21 AM
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Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.
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Seriously though, I do tend to help people if I think they're sincerely in need, even if they don't ask, and if I'm not putting myself at risk to be robbed, assaulted, swindled, etc.
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I expect you're not all 4 votes in the poll thus far. Otherwise this is a very biased poll/thread.
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Old 12-14-09, 12:54 AM
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yup. i have on many occasions. gotta take some risks every now and then.
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Old 12-14-09, 01:40 AM
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I voted "Yes" but it depends. For example, nobody gets into my house. I had a neighbor once who was in a very bad spot and asked for some food. My ex was making dinner anyway so we let the woman in. She had dinner with us and watched a movie. We left her alone on the living room for maybe 5 minutes while wifey was in the kitchen and I was changing the baby's diaper. Next day I'm going for my morning walk and my mp3 player had disappeared from the living room, with a brand new 2gb sd card (expensive back then). My wife had a piggie bank on the living room with around 80 bucks in it... gone too. From that day on, my house is off limits.
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Old 12-14-09, 08:20 AM
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Depends for me as well. I'm mechanically inclined so I've stopped a number of times in the sun/rain/wind to help people change flats, inflate tires, jump cars, etc on the side of the road. I've also done a couple of wheel bearings in parking lots. On the other hand, while I don't usually mind stopping on the way home (dinner can usually wait), I won't (usually) stop on the way in because I don't want to be late for work. The exception to that is when there was a snow storm over night. I'm more inclined to help someone get moving if it's really cold out, and I'm going to be at least 30 minutes late to work at that point anyways.
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Old 12-14-09, 08:38 AM
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Yes, but not financially.
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Old 12-14-09, 09:08 AM
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No. Unless I felt like it.
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Old 12-14-09, 09:13 AM
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Over the years I have helped out many strangers both two legged and four legged. Only once did I have a bad experience and it was with the two legged kind.
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I usually do. Unless it's a scammer.
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Old 12-14-09, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
I can answer unequivocally, without a doubt, it's a definite maybe. It would depend on the circumstances.
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Usually,

I tend not to give money to panhandlers, but will provide other means of assistance. I have bought food for people, purchased gas for people who are empty. Just not cash, and I agree, no strangers in the house.
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Old 12-14-09, 11:31 AM
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Several times someone has asked me for a little money for whatever... Gas, food, cigarettes. I suppose sometimes it went for crack or booze. But I figure that if they are desperate enough to ask me, I'll give them a few bucks. If they deceive me, then the shame is on them, not me.

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When I was in college, a buddy of mine and I panhandled for a while. We'd go to an ice cream parlor and ask for change outside. An ice cream cone was 55¢ at the time, so most folks came out with a cone in one hand and some change in their pocket. They were happy eating ice cream and would usually cough up some coins. Then we'd head to the theater at the end of the movie, and hit up on the guys with a girl with them. It was date night and they did not want to look cheap to their prospective sex partner, so they'd hand over a buck or two. We make $45-50 that way. Then, off to the arcade and we'd blow it all on pinball and those "new" video games.

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I still give to the causes that are important to me, but lately I've become jaded to charity. I think I would help a stranger if I thought they really needed it. Anyone on the street panhandling, begging, or asking for a few coins so they can "get their sick child an inhaler" aren't gonna get one red cent.

My faves are when I visit Nashville for the summer NAMM show, we see the same guys on the street corners that were there last year, and the year before that, etc. I watched one of them change his removable cast from one leg to the other once, good laughing.
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Old 12-14-09, 12:00 PM
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I used to say yes. The way I've been back stabbed the last couple of years will cause me to say no. I voted no, I wouldn't help a stranger. A bicyclist, female stranded motorist, anyone in danger I would help. Someone asking for a handout, charity groups or someone just walking up and asking if I can help NOPE.
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