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November 6, 2013

Beggars Really Do Need Your Help

I remember Sacramento had as many people begging on the street as Tampa Bay does,and despite pithy homilies to the contrary “pan-handlers” probably really do need your help. Those progressive folks in San Francisco actually took time to find out.

The Union Square Business Improvement District, a collection of 500 property owners in downtown San Francisco, hired GLS Research to survey panhandlers over a two-day period in March.They found that, for the vast majority of beggars, Stossel’s view was simply not true.In San Francisco’s Union Square, the typical panhandler is a disabled middle-aged single male who is a racial minority and makes less than $25 per day despite panhandling seven days a week for more than five years.… Read the rest