In most major cities, begging for change is illegal.
Still, despite knowing that it might not make a difference, I think we all give a coin or a dollar to panhandlers from time to time.
After all, it’s easy to slip through the cracks, no matter how hard you fight, and many of us remember a time when we were just a paycheck away from the same situation.
That may have been the story behind a small exchange that recently took place in Exeter in the U.K.
An unknown passerby walked up to a homeless man in the street and dropped 50 pence (the U.K. equivalent of small change) into the beggar’s cup.
That might have been the end of the story, had the man not noticed something strange in his cup of coins. That’s when he flagged down a police officer.
The cop was about to tell him to move along, then he spotted a colorful coin that stopped him dead in his tracks.