That is a great post james, really enjoyed reading it. It can really make you realise how lucky we are, i go into a shop and buy food so easily, some people cant even do that, I think even the best of us need to stop and see what we have once in a while.Not invisible. My reply to this question was actually posted in my blog a few months ago at http://www.watchfreeks.com/view_post.php?post_id=35791
BUT in NYC you really dont know WHO is an actual needy person and WHO is scamming-
there are plenty of addicts walking around copping a story of boo hoo etc -
you kinda become numb to it after awhile - i know that sounds heartless -but there's just too many scammers around the city -you just dont know who really needs and whose gonna go get a fix as soon as you give them anything
at times i've attempted to buy food for some -coffee & a doughnut or something- they get pissed and walk away!!
it's a sad reality
That is so wierd!! Just as i read your comment, i turned over to the simpsons and Homer was doing the exact same thing!! Pretending to be homeless to buy Marge nice things lol!!I have read some of the homeless do it as a job and can make a couple hundred a day. I dont give money out at street corners.