I never would consider panhandling when homeless. In many places, there are soup kitchens and other very basic social services available for the homeless person. To panhandle, in my view, is to demean oneself in the eyes of everyone else, to embrace the role of homeless in a very unhealthy way. You can acknowledge being homeless without rubbing it in the faces of others. I say spend the time you are panhandling doing something constructive, if not job hunting, reading a book, writing, working out. And how about helping another homeless person in some way?