There are many scams among the homeless, the most common being the story they have built over time to sing the song of their woes. They sing their song of woes at every charity and welfare agency where anyone will listen in the hope of receiving assistance.
The truth behind many of their stories is they are too lazy to work. They are professional beggers. The bad thing about it is they make it hard for someone with a true story to be believed.
This pretty young woman is trying to be funny and cute at the same time. Her boyfriend is in the background waiting to see if she scores a donation from the photographer. Most men will give to an attractive young woman without any regard for the consequences it might have on her life. The giver wants to be counted among her admirers.
The couple in this picture are so young, the effects of drugs have not yet stolen their attractiveness; but in time young flowers like her will wilt and the beauty God has given her to catch a mature man to love and cherish and support her will have gone to waste. The worst thing you can do is give money to them.
Another pretty young woman came up to a minister smiling wonderfully with a story. She said her wallet was stolen and she needed gas money to get back to the adjacent county, suggesting five or ten dollars. This is a standard scam. Her identification is gone. She can't prove where she lives or who she is. So her victims are left with no choice but to believe her.
The minister recognized the scam immediately. Had the young woman lost her wallet to a theft, she would not have come to him with a beautiful smile. So he said, "Where is your car. I want to see the gas gauge."
They began walking together to the car, and she quickly informed him that her boyfriend was in the car.
Now, the scam was out in the open. The boyfriends always send the pretty young women out panhandling because men are so easily enticed. "So your boyfriend is there?" the minister asked. "I suppose his wallet was stolen too?"
"No, of course not," the young woman replied.
"Then, why can't he put gasoline in your car?"
She was well practiced with the first lines of her scam, but it was unusual for anyone to challenge her. So she did not know what to say.
"Look," the minister told her, as they stopped walking. "You're wasting your life panhandling when you could be employed, and grow in skills to make ready to raise a family. Get rid of your boyfriend and get your life on track."
For all those who think to outsmart the system of life we have in this country, scams are certainly not the way to do it. "Jesus is the way the truth and the Light."
Anyone who gives to scammers is doing them more harm than good, and has become a partaker of their sins.