Does giving to panhandlers make you an enabler?

7:42 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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A federal judge in Grand Rapids ruled that a Michigan law banning panhandling in public places violates the Constitution. The ruling was in response to a civil suit filed by two Grand Rapids men who were arrested in 2011 for begging, including James Speet, pictured above. / Michigan ACLU

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- People stand at street corners holding signs that say "homeless," "need money," or "anything will help." These panhandlers depend on the money they receive from passersby.

But if you give them money, are you encouraging them to continue to live a life of joblessness and homelessness? Does giving to panhandlers make you an enabler?

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