I am fed up with people nagging me for money everywhere I go. I live in a so-so part of town, dress in basic clothes - tshirt and jeans no big logos, I am obviously a student. yet I still get asked for spare change. Just this Wed a guy got mugged by a panhandler at the entrance of a church http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070803.wbcbeaten03/BNStory/National/home for being a nice guy. I am glad the caught the bastard who did this but unfortunately they wont do much. The panhandlers/beggars in this city have gotten too agressive. I am not a petite person - 5'8" and can benchpress 230lbs ( and look it) yet these people bug me, then threaten me for money. I cannot imagine what a normal woman must feel like. I do not give money to these people. When its a street kid/teen I will offer to buy them food but not give them cash- about 50% they tell me to F-off the other 50% they accept and thank me for it. When its an obviously capable young male I do not ever give them anything. I am a student - I do have a roof over my head, and food on my table but I do not think I should have to support these social parasites. Why should I hand a guy my money that I work for every day. I have a dept for my student loans, I work three jobs yet they want me to give them money and then swear at me and call me a selfish bitch when I don't? I am not the only person walking on the streets that gets treated that way. The constant verbal and sometimes physical abuse heaped on by these panhandlers has gotten ridiculous in the last few months. I cannot imagine what tourists coming to this city feel like. This city is known for being relatively friendly but these panhandlers are ruin it for everybody including themselves. Ok end rant. Ps I have stopped giving donations to the food bank because the lines are so long and the people so aggressive that those who really need the food get pushed aside and never get in. I now donate stuff to specific organizations that make home deliveries to single parents and seniors.