A matter that bothers me is how lacking in empathy many people out there are. Especially when it comes to substance abusers, they are often seen as the worst criminals. I recently came across a lady who didn't want to give some spare change to a homeless person because he would spend it on alcohol and cigarettes. While this may be understandable, and she's probably right - the homeless guy would most likely spend the money on those substances. This is no excuse not to help another person when you have the ability to do so. She could have simply popped into the nearest food outlet and bought him a snack. That homeless person is far from perfect but he does need to eat and sustain himself. It's unlikely that he will get his life back on track, therefore it's best to show a bit of empathy and help him out a little.