Personally I have no issues with people on the streets and trying to get some money. What did disturb me in this particular case is the man had his leg uncovered, had torned off part of his pants so all can see he's got a underdeveloped leg. Instead of getting my sympathy, I turned away.
I've seen lots of people without money, have a difficult time. When I can help these people, I will and I have. As have people who have helped me in time of need. What I've noticed, these people don't beg or ask, they keep their troubles to themselves. They are even embarrassed someone is helping them and in their minds, they're already working on how they can give back.
Several weeks ago, I was in a hurry to catch a bus as I had an appointment. A man walked up to me with two boys, he asked me if I could give him money so he could buy something to eat for his sons as they had nothing. I told him, I'm willing to buy him a bread, looked around if there was any baker close by. Even went as far as to go back a few yards, but no baker to be seen. Though he kept himself reasonably quiet, one could see he was getting a bit angry and left.
I did felt a bit guilty as I could not find a baker.
I've passed homeless people and given them a pound or two. Not much, but at least they could buy some food. Those homeless I did give something to, thanked me, they never bothered or harassed me by begging for money. They sat, saying nothing.
Problem with beggars is you don't always know WHAT they do with the money. Giving them bread or something to eat, is much more effective. You then also KNOW they will have food.
A friend once told me this story about wanting to buy some food for the homeless, but it was thrown away.
It's a shame there are so many people who abuse of begging. The people who are really in trouble are no longer believed and pushed further away by and from society.
The best way to help these people is to make sure they can help themselves. Homeless shelters are good, but how long can they remain there? Does it really help them?
What if in the shelter, they can learn a trade, or use whatever they've learned to fix things. You never know who they will encounter. I'm sure so many homeless have great talents of which they themselves are unaware of.