How To Deal With Bums?

Today I met a lady named Dawn. She was “not a bum, not homeless, I’m not going to rob you, I just lost my job a month ago and have 3 grandbabies to feed.” Normally when I meet these people asking for money, I’ll give them a couple of cigarettes, but I have never seen Dawn before. I told her I did not have any cash and so, took her to mcdonalds and bought her lunch and a 25 dollar mcdonalds only gift card. I have no idea if she was lying or not, but I have good karma for the day (and also 30 more dollars to pay at the end of the month, ugh.)

So my question is, how do we deduce who is being honest and is truly down on their luck, between the ones who do it for a living?

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