So, that horrible video tangentially reminded me of something that happened the other day. I was meeting someone for coffee and standing outside of a bar waiting for them to show up. Another guy (he works at the bar) came out and started smoking. Eventually, a homeless man comes but and asks the other guy for a cigarette. He says no. Then, the homeless man asks me and I give him one.
Other smoker turns to me and tells me I shouldn't do that, because all the homeless people will bleed me dry. Of course they will. He then goes into an epic rant that you can't give homeless people money because they will buy booze and cigarettes with it. The horror, the horror.
I was thinking about it, and I wondered if this is because when we give money to someone, are we entering into a symbolic contract that they must spend it on what we consider morally approved commodities? Honestly, if I was living on the streets, I would smoke and drink a shit ton too. Hell I do already and I have an apartment.
So what's up with that?
Also, said other smoker then informed me that he though Chicago is ultra-violent after Cubs games, and I told him it was. People punching one another on the streets. I enjoyed his horrified face.