Giving To Panhandlers

Dec 27, 2012

Panhandler holds sign in front of Pike Place Market. Sign reads "My father was killed by ninjas. Need money for karate lessons."
Credit flickr/Kdt

To give or not to give? That's the question many of us face when encountering panhandlers on Seattle's sidewalks. Some people make up their minds about how to act and don't deviate from the script. For others, the ethical questions resurface with every encounter.

Now, it seems we're at a crossroads. Many people are still out of work. Yet social services will probably be cut even further next year. Will that change how you give?

Ross Reynolds takes your calls.