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Don’t be a beggar
For the same reason that I don’t like to give my attention to those who beg for it on social media, I don’t give money to beggars. There would be ways to earn something, but instead, beggars go straight for the ask. And what do I get in return? More beggars?
If I had nothing, and I was living on the streets, I’d think about ways of exchanging services to other services. I’d take out the trash of a bagel company in exchange for a bagel. I’d sweep the street in front of a second hand store in exchange for some cheap throwaway jacket. Maybe a button is missing, but that can be fixed. This same logic is very much applicable, even if you didn’t live on the streets.