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Do you give to beggars in the street?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion and Ethics' started by Kuya, Jun 4, 2013.


Do you give to beggars in the street?

Poll closed Mar 31, 2014.
  1. Yes, I do give some money to help them.

    0 vote(s)
  2. Yes, I tend to give them some food.

    0 vote(s)
  3. Only in the Philippines.

    2 vote(s)
  4. I have, but not often.

    3 vote(s)
  5. No, I don't give to beggars.

    4 vote(s)
  1. Kuya

    Kuya The Geeky One Staff Member

    Simple question really.. Not just the ones in the Philippines, those right here in the UK.

    Do you give to beggars?
  2. bobcouttie

    bobcouttie Member Trusted Member

    Ummm, f5.6 at 1/250 with a polarising filter.
  3. JohnAsh

    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    My ex wife would often give them a cup of tea. or maybe a sandwich.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2013
  4. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    I used to give spare change, when the occasion arose, but got put off forever from doing so again, a few years ago, when I saw the lady "beggar" to whom I gave 2 quid, only a couple of hours earlier, coming out of the WC, at the Wrexham bus station, dressed up to kill, wearing high heels and impeccable make up, obviously going to party somewhere...:(

    So now, I tar everyone with the same brush.:oops:
  5. oss

    oss Tech Guy Staff Member

    :D I like it :like:
  6. oss

    oss Tech Guy Staff Member

    Not here, here they should still be able to collect benefit's even if they are living on the street.

    I am not unsympathetic, I have had very troubled times in my life, 20 years ago I almost ended up on the street, but honestly here in this country begging will most often likely be a result of having spent all the benefits already and giving more will not help them in any material way.

    Now a good busker, then yeah I will give them a few bob, I don't count that as begging.
  7. Kuya

    Kuya The Geeky One Staff Member

    A good busker is different. In fact, I felt sooo guilty a while back on Market Street when a busker made such a brilliant show people cheered, but sadly I was skint after buying whatever it was I'd bought..
  8. Dave_E

    Dave_E Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    I will happily tip for good services in a bar or restaurant. :like:

    But I never give to beggars in the street.

    It is a very bad principle to give to beggars in the street.

    I curse people who do so, as it just encourages the "begging industry".
  9. Januarius

    Januarius Member

    I dont usually give the beggers anything but the other day I saw this kid laying outside Pizza hut at about 9.00 in the morning.. He wasn`t really begging but just laying there..
    It looked like he was trying to cry and he was obviously hungry.
    I ran over to the bakery and was in a small queue behind a woman buying bread... I dont understand much Visayan but just enough to know that she was talking to the staff about the same kid!! She was obviously on the same mission as I.
    I asked if she spoke English and she did..So I gave her 20 Pesos and asked her to buy additional..
    So in answer to the question,"would I give to beggars"?
    My answer would be.. It depends.
  10. Methersgate

    Methersgate Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    My late mother told a story about her life as a teacher in pre-WW2 Jamaica. She was standing at a bus stop, towards the end of the month, with just a florin (a two shilling piece, if you were born after 1972!) in her pocket when a woman came up to her ahd asked "Just a penny for a bread, Miss?"

    She hesitated then handed over the two shilling piece - the woman ran off with it and my mother wondered if she had she had been foolish. Just as the bus rounded the corner, the woman ran back with a big loaf of bread, which the thrust into my mother's arms (to prove that she had bought it) and one shilling and elevenpence change, which she handed over.

    When I see a beggar who looks deserving, I think of this.

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