Seen on a Houston city bus - I’m all for aggregated, focused efforts to alleviate poverty and address the systemic, institutional issues that lead to poverty, but surely they don’t preclude individual giving or give anyone the right to tell me to give or not give to human beings who ask me for it.
But, of course, I’m not the target demo for the marketing copy. It’s designed to scratch the itch of a consumer who is actively looking for a good, solid reason (à la ‘I gave at the office’) to ignore and disregard the needy.
In exchange for a smug, one-line solution to being accosted by panhandlers, all the consumer has to do is explore the website and hey - maybe they’ll donate $5 or $10 out of gratitude.
Boo - give to ‘panhandlers’ (I’ve done it before, many years ago, in Austin for a brief time, and people were kind and decent to me and nobody called me a panhandler, I’m pretty sure) all you want. Your un-scalable, individual acts of kindness are no threat to moonshot solutions to poverty. @sexposblog
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