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    (Original post by callum_law)
    You make them sound like puppies.
    I think what they meant was they want to be acknowledged rather than ignored, as a lot often do when it comes to those who are homeless - they're appreciative when someone doesn't merely walk past as if they aren't even there.

    It's hard to find the right way to phrase things. I didn't like how I kept referring to those who are homeless as "them," as if they're not individual in their own right, but had to for lack of a better way of phrasing it.
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    (Original post by acupofgreentea)
    I think what they meant was they want to be acknowledged rather than ignored, as a lot often do when it comes to those who are homeless - they're appreciative when someone doesn't merely walk past as if they aren't even there.

    It's hard to find the right way to phrase things. I didn't like how I kept referring to those who are homeless as "them," as if they're not individual in their own right, but had to for lack of a better way of phrasing it.
    You are the nicest person I have ever come across.
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    If a person spoke to me I wouldn't just ignore them, whether they live in a house or on the street or wherever.
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    (Original post by EtherealNymph22)
    I'm just wondering what everyone does when walking past a homeless person either on the street or selling the big issue. Do you acknowledge them with eye contact, a smile, give them money or say 'Sorry I have no change'. If you do give them money do you speak to them or engage?

    The reason I ask is because I'm doing some research in my home city on this and exploring how society acknowledges or ignores the homeless and why.

    Do you feel guilty when you walk past, do you care? What are your thoughts?
    I dont acklnowledge the homeless because every single person that walks past a homeless person like they dont exist, reminds them shouldnt have done whatever royal f***-up got them in that situation in the first place.

    Particularly have zero sympathy for homeless people in the West.
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    Truthfully, I have never engaged with a homeless person. I always walk down the street with my headphones in and don't talk to anyone. I do feel for them but I'm not full of money either so I can't give away much.

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    (Original post by EtherealNymph22)
    Do you acknowledge them with eye contact, a smile, give them money or say 'Sorry I have no change'
    1. Males rarely give eye contact, and between males this can be interpreted as confrontational

    2. Smiling at a homeless person can be interpreted as false, or worse still, taking the piss

    3. If you give money to a homeless person you are running the risk that this will merely fund vices

    4. I only say I've no change if I think in that moment that I don't have any (rarely carry change, in actuality), otherwise I tend to just say 'sorry mate' if someone begs/asks to 'borrow a quid' (hanging around to respond is sometimes how people get mugged)

    5. By the time I hear a Big Issue seller I'm usually beyond them and hence to speak to them would be difficult and/or they are sold by women who seem as though they have little English

    Do you feel guilty when you walk past
    No. I did not put them on the street, and I support charities and greater government expenditure to house and rehabilitate our homeless people. I've looked into volunteering in soup kitchens but sadly there were no such opportunities in my locality. I do all I can for these poor souls

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    People only become homeless due to certain (unfortunate) circumstances
    Sorry but that's incorrect
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    (Original post by rap11)
    You are the nicest person I have ever come across.
    I ... don't know what to say to that. Thank you?

    I promise you I'm not, though - I just treat people how they deserve to be treated.

    Also, to respond to something you said in another thread - of course I was worried about you! I think quite a few people were - you sounded quite distressed.
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    There's a homeless guy near the train station so I have to walk past him on the few occasions where I take the train.

    I sometimes give him a brief nod but I usually feel so guilty I barely look at him at all because obviously it looks like I have money since I'm taking the train but I only have a couple of pounds on my oyster usually. My family's not well off.

    What's worse is that he recognises me now :sad:

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    (Original post by EtherealNymph22)
    I'm just wondering what everyone does when walking past a homeless person either on the street or selling the big issue. Do you acknowledge them with eye contact, a smile, give them money or say 'Sorry I have no change'. If you do give them money do you speak to them or engage?

    The reason I ask is because I'm doing some research in my home city on this and exploring how society acknowledges or ignores the homeless and why.

    Do you feel guilty when you walk past, do you care? What are your thoughts?
    I do sometimes get homeless next to Tescos a sandwhich or drink but i dont give change because who knows what they spend it on - imo giving food is better
 
 
 
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