A video clip of a New Orleans panhandler has re-opened a timeless debate.

Are some panhandlers more (or less) deserving than others? When I see people with signs asking for money or help on the side of the road, there's no way for me to do a background check before making a decision to help them out with a little cash.

As a matter of fact, I was raised to give blindly if I choose to help out my fellow man. I can remember my grandmother telling me to give to people, and whatever they chose to do with it, "is between them and God."

As usual, Grandmas are always right—but not everyone agrees with my grandmother's logic.

For example, this situation (and many situations just like it) sparked outrage on social media when the video was posted because the general consensus was that someone who can afford a cell phone doesn't need to be begging for money.

That same consensus says that anyone who drives to their panhandling location could also drive to a job site. One friend of mine told me that he doesn't give money to people who have no possessions around them because anyone who is truly "homeless" would have all of their belongings with them.

How do you feel about this issue? Do you give blindly, or are there stipulations to your generosity?

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