Hey, this young guy was waiting at a bus stop with me and my wife. He asked if I could spare a dollar so he could get a soda from the machine.
He wasn't homeless, he just asked.
I happened to have a cooler with me and there was a cold Coca-cola. I pulled it out and offered it to him.
This guy says he prefers some other brand of soda. (I don't remember which.) So he asks for the dollar again.
I said "Sorry, it's Coke or nothing." He went off to ask someone else.
I have been handed the same story more than once by the same person. Here's one.
"Sir, I flat ran out of gas and I am trying to get to Milwaukee, my mother went into the hospital. I will show you my driver's license, I will mail you the money back if you could help out with money for gas."
"You asked me the exact same thing a week ago."
Some of them even have a car with the hood up. They hope to score 10 or 20 dollars and will never mail it back. Most people would glance at their I.D. but not actually write it down. Even if they did, would they go to that house?
Stuff like that makes me stick to helping people I know.