“Do not give money to beggars”; Larimer County Sheriff asks community not to push people who don’t work
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – A Facebook post by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith has sparked controversy.
On Saturday, Smith posted a photo to Facebook with a lengthy comment about beggars in the community.
“Have you noticed lately – every time you walk out of a business covered in ENGAGEMENT and HELP WANTED signs – you come across these people? Here’s a request from your sheriff – Please don’t give them money. If you’re feeling generous… or guilty, park your car, walk into the store, and give that $ 5 to someone who is working and struggling to get by. This gesture will be appreciated and will help someone who is already working to help themselves. Every time you give money to one of these beggars, you encourage them not to work, just as the state does when it pays people more to stay at home rather than go back to work. If you are fed up with the production shortages, broken supply chains and punitive inflation that we see, get people to reenter the workforce. This is the solution to our problem, ”Smith shared.
One person commented on the post saying, in part, “I am going to break away from the dollar to feed my brothers in need. I’ll bring them some water to drink. It is my displays of kindness that show them that I love them and also show the contrast between awake and sleeping. I’ll turn the other cheek. I will feed the hungry. I will wash their feet in a basin of hot water. “
Another commented, saying, “I couldn’t agree more with this. There are plenty of jobs there. There is no reason why people cannot find a job.
The post received thousands of comments and was shared nearly 2,000 times as of Monday morning.
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