Researchers wanted to test out whether this widely held view of panhandlers as lazy alcoholics getting rich off others was correct. The Union Square Business Improvement District, a collection of 500 property owners in downtown San Francisco, hired GLS Research to survey panhandlers over a two-day period in March. They found that, for the vast majority of beggars, Stossel’s view was simply not true. ThinkProgress: Everything You Think You Know about Panhandlers Is Wrong…

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