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    Ideally, I would send him off to college or something, but that doesn't seem to be an option in this scenario. Since I don't think it's healthy to support the beggar's condition, either for society or the beggar himself, I would give him three hundred dollars and implore him to buy some decent clothes and get a job. In all likelihood, he would end up choosing to stay on the streets--very few beggars get where they are by sheer chance--but at least I'd have done an act of generosity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    It takes time
    If you gave him some, others would want some
    Costing you more time
    This could possibly cause you to feel unappreciated and resentful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    ...whether you give him money or not the energy you wasted in that time is exactly equal..
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
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    That doesn't make sense. Being bombarded by requests from people asking you for money would take up considerably more time than if you were to have never been asked a second time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    That doesn't make sense. Being bombarded by requests from people asking you for money would take up considerably more time than if you were to have never been asked a second time.
    infinite amount of money doesent make any sense either
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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    It takes time
    If you gave him some, others would want some
    Costing you more time
    This could possibly cause you to feel unappreciated and resentful
    The first scenario cannot be effected by loss of time.
    Any scenarios after that cost you energy would be their own separate decisions, I assume.
    The assumption that giving one person money leads to having to give other people money doesn't make any sense to me.
    First of all, if you never see the beggar ever again, how would it get out that you're giving away free money unless you give him your business card or announce it yourself?
    And, secondly, why do you have no ability to say *no* in the future, just because you said *yes* once? Or is your point that simply being asked takes time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFlame View Post
    First of all, if you never see the beggar ever again, how would it get out that you're giving away free money unless you give him your business card?
    Good old word of mouth? The news? Tons of ways.

    And, secondly, why do you have no ability to say *no* in the future, just because you said *yes* once?
    That is not the issue. The issue is the exponential increase in requests. People stopping you. Calling you. Writing you. Stalking you. Hunting you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    Good old word of mouth? The news? Tons of ways.
    But how would they know who you were unless you were famous? You'd just be some guy/girl who gave another guy/girl some money.
    But having an infinite amount of money seems like it would make you famous unless you ran away to Fiji immediately upon acquiring it, so maybe you have a point.



    That is not the issue. The issue is the exponential increase in requests. People stopping you. Calling you. Writing you. Stalking you. Hunting you.
    Alright, Scrooge. But if you had an infinite amount of money, I imagine those issues would be handled by your entourage/foundation. You don't have to waste your time and energy on frivolous matters when you can pay someone else to do it.

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    I give homeless people money even if I'm broke! Standing around out in the cold sucks, they might as well get my spare change for doing so and adding texture to my city

    if I had an infinite amount of money I'd give MORE than the spare change... why should I have all the luck?
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    You set up a pretty simple cost/benefit analysis, which to me is logical. If he had a good heart, I would give him money.

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    ^ you'd be one of those people who'd drop a $20 on the ground and if he returned it you'd let him keep it and if he didn't you'd call the cops, aren't you?
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