Should You Give To A Panhandler?

panhandlers in New York
panhandlers in New York

Everett Daniels has been panhandling for over 20 years, since he left behind the projects in Jersey City, N.J., at age 16. He started out with a cup on the highway, using the money for food or his "drug choice of the day." Then he discovered where the real money is: Manhattan.

For decades, Daniels would commute into town earlier than most businessmen, stand at the Duane Reade drugstore at West Fourth and Broadway, open the door for folks with a smile, and ask for spare change on their way out. For Daniels, panhandling was a full-time job.