QuestionsGeneral-MiscIdea: Supermarket cards to help with drugs and poverty
streamer3222 asked 1 day ago

A lot of beggars I meet aren't even asking for money—they're asking for food. Some families I don't know how they survive; kids with no food. Now the dad does make money, but immediately spends all on alcohol and drugs with no leftovers for the family.

Now you're afraid of giving them money lest that ends in drugs again.

I think if supermarkets gave you a prepaid card that you could redeem for goods, this could provide a way for community members to assist the needy in addition to helping affected families moderating themselves from gambling, drugs and alcohol.

I think such a card should not be redeemable for real cash and the balance should be valid for all time, without expiry dates. Of course, alcohol and cigarettes can't be redeemed either.

The rest can be figured out; it's just a matter of mechanism. Giftability means anonymity, but you don't want to lose a card worth ₨ 5000 with no way to get it back. In this case, scratch cards to refuel your account might be a solution.

(Open for discussion:)

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