Slate writer wonders if she was a sucker to give $20 for subway rider's sob story, but concludes true charity doesn't count the cost (or verify the story).
"I accept that it is more efficacious to give a check for $365 to a food bank than to hand a dollar bill each day to whichever panhandler happens to catch my eye. With each of those dollar bills, though, more transpires than money moving from one pocket to another. The bridge goes both ways. Perhaps we stop a stomach from grumbling, perhaps we spark a feeling of hope—but we also nourish our own capacity for generosity. We enlarge our ability to imagine other lives."-- Lisa Gornick, Slate.com