I'm a big believer in helping people out who are in need. Although I know that giving money to people begging can give them encouragement to continue in this lifestyle, sometimes I see no harm in emptying the coins in my pocket to someone who looks in need. So I recently got back from a trip in the US and something happened that still makes me cringe when I think back about it.
My wife and I were finishing up a long day of walking throughout Hollywood and as we approached our hotel, I saw a man down on his luck sitting in the doorway of a closed shop with a collection of his belongings by his side. He was sitting there holding up a cup and I thought, "Why not", and dug into my pocket and gave him about a couple of dollars in loose change.
As I dropped the coins into his cup, I heard a SPLOOSH and realised that I'd tipped change into his half full coffee cup. He looked up and gave me this confused, kinda sideways look.