"Heartless" is hardly the description I would give this area regarding the issue of panhandling. There is a mindset by some of entitlement. And although to deny food and shelter to anyone is clearly wrong, the generosity of the good people of this area is daily taken advantage of. I am a transplant from the Midwest, and I have never seen more agencies committed to the poor. There are food banks, employment agencies, shelters for the homeless and church agencies of every denomination willing to assist. The poor will always be among us, and how a society deals with poverty says a great deal about its people.
I think I speak for many when I suggest seeing a panhandler is not an embarrassment. It just angers me to think the panhandler thinks I am that gullible.