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Ask Sadie: Giving strangers money

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_Hello Sadie,_

_As a foreigner living in Peru, I’m not quite sure what to do about this. Most of the time when I ride the bus people come up to me and ask me for money and I don’t know how to respond… is it bad that I don’t want to give them money in fear that they will take advantage of my kindness or that they will use the money for something other than food?_

_Thank you for your advice,_

_Liza_

Dear Liza,

At the end of the day it is your decision on whether or not to give someone money. It is your money and you can do whatever you see fit to do. If it’s more concerning that they use the money for something els,e like drugs for instance, you can opt for giving someone food or even clothing. Directly giving food and/or clothing might be the best option than giving someone money and being concerned if they will use it for good or not.

It really is up to you and how you feel about it, go with your gut feeling and don’t feel obligated to give someone money.

I hope this helps, and good luck!

Sadie

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