On September 21, 2013, Patti wrote:
This past winter, a young lady was around the food co-op asking for money to get back home to Georgia. She had a very long story about how she had just moved up here, realized how cold it was and now just wanted to go home. I felt bad saying no to her but I also have a policy of not giving $ directly (unless it is for Groundcover). I felt like a heel until the next day I heard her asking someone else for money...to get back home to Alabama.
On September 21, 2013, Anika wrote:
This guy approached me in a restaurant parking lot with a story about 4 kids starving and stuck at Briarwood and got very angry and walked away muttering curses when I told him the Delonis Shelter was serving a meal in an hour. He obviously didn't expect me to know anything about community resources and was counting on my ignorance and pity and shock to get what he wanted. I apologized that I couldn't help him.
Having been through hard times during my life, during which panhandling was something I did regularly, I know all the tricks and can recognize when I'm being conned.