Offramp panhandlers can pose a significant risk to your safety, as you're vulnerable while sitting in your car with your window down. You're essentially trapped, and there's little mobility or leverage to protect yourself. In some cases, even road rage incidents have occurred, where an armed citizen had to defend themselves because they were physically attacked through an open window. When you're stopped at a light at the bottom of the offramp, refusing to roll down your window is usually enough to deter panhandlers. However, remember that car windows are not impervious. Attempting to drive away in such a situation might lead to an accident. To give money to offramp beggars, you'd need to extend your arm through your car window, making you extremely vulnerable. It's advisable never to give money to panhandlers, especially while in your car. Your safety is paramount, and there's no need to subject yourself to unnecessary danger when you have loved ones who rely on you.
Similarly, when approached outside of your car, it's essential to resist giving money to panhandlers. Firstly, handing over money occupies at least one of your hands, making you physically vulnerable. Moreover, by offering money, you're signaling to the panhandler that you possess cash. Avoid, at all costs, taking out your wallet and selecting a donation, as this essentially advertises your vulnerability. When someone requests money, the most appropriate response is to keep moving. In my younger years, I used to confront panhandlers out of a misguided sense of outrage, which was unwise and could have led to a confrontation. A more prudent approach is to either ignore the request or assert firmly that you have no money, even if this isn't entirely true. While walking away briskly is essential. The tales of hardship panhandlers share are often nothing but elaborate cons. They are entirely fabricated. Here are some common red flags, though not an exhaustive list, to help you recognize these street lies. While it's true that some individuals have genuine hard-luck stories, they are far rarer than one might think.
Keep your head down and keep the faith