A man in old but neat clothing walks up to us in New York as we exit Katz’s Deli.
“Can you spare a few dollars?” he asks.
A woman with me says, “I can’t give you any money, but I can offer this half of a $40 sandwich which is untouched and terrific.”
“Oh, I don’t want any food,” he says, and approaches someone else.
I’ve seen this many times in many cities. We enable drug and alcohol dependency every time we give money to people who simply claim they need it.