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I don't normally give any money to beggars but last night I was approached by a woman in Birmingham who looked reasonably dressed and she said she had made an error and was 80p short for her train fare to Lichfield and she was thirsty.
I thought quick as I did not want to leave her there had she been genuine so I decided to say I did not have any money on me but if she wanted to hand her cash over I would get her a ticket using a credit card.
She shot off so I could immediately tell her story was not genuine.
If she had handed the money over I would have got her the ticket and given her a can of diet coke from my bag. It was cold.
If that had not been enough after we got on the train my generosity would have extended to another can of coke and possibly a bag of crisps or even two.

Brian
Most of those I have met seem to have been fake - I once gave a lady a buck towards bus fare coming out the grocery store where i used to live - but when she asked me the exact same question again the next week.....she missed out! I did meet one genuine guy though - he was begging outside maccas when i went past - and was thrown out of maccas when i was passing back again for my train. He had been refused service though he had enough for a cheap burger in small change... so i went in and bought him a big mac n fries for free.
Is think it is the same everywhere! here in Spain, believe me there are some very genuine cases of poverty with people frequently looking through the bins for food or something to sell. Today however Tony and I were in town and the number of beggars had increased but it seemed like they all had exactly the same little signs, folded in exactly the same way. I may well be wrong but they did not appear to be genuine but a well organised group.

our local church gives out food parcels every Thursday to the poor which is great but I stand back and watch as the Russians and Moroccans wait outside the church, fill their bags then go and get into their VERY nice cars that are waiting around the corner, Shocking.

Bell x
My eldest has just come back from Disneyland Paris and he said all round the perimeter there were beggars at the fence! We have some in town and they seem to be eastern europeans
I think the real beggars are the banks who receive 37 billion subsidy a year coz they're too big to fail.
How come banks have privitised profit, but nationalised loss?
If they're so damned 'efficient' then how come they can't stand on their own damn feet?

And here we are whinging about a few beggars who have ripped us off by what? A fiver max. Yet the real culprits, those who have decimated pensions saved over a lifetime, get off Scot free. That makes no sense to me.

It's a crazy world we live in... that's for sure!
Around 1997 I went to Canada to visit some relatives. I was at a Native Canadian tourist museum one day when I popped outside for a cigarette. A Native Canadian gentleman who happened to be outside asked me if he could have a cigarette.

I gave him one, and we began talking. He ended up taking me through the museum, explaining all the exhibits, and even posing with me for photographs. It was a delightful day, and I would never have learnt so much or have had such a good time if it wasn't for that gentleman. He is the only Native Canadian I have ever met, and I now have nothing but the deepest respect for them.
Beggar: Hey man, got any spare change?

Me: Spare change? No I'm afraid it's all accounted for. Sorry. Image
Would have probably have given her a fiver and reassured her it was my good deed for the day. And suggest she could always pay it back to her favourite charity at some time in the future. Image

I once accepted car park change from a total stranger. The above comments and solution to any embarrassment came from her and was indicative of her generous and natural reaction. I will never forgot her. All I could do was to give her some magazines I had loose in the car, which she was initially reluctant to accept and we both saw the ridiculous side if it. . Like Koala and her native Canadian, I think this woman and I could have formed some sort of temporary bond had either of us had the time to follow it up.
Same sense of humour. Vital. We both saw the funny side if it.

people are so interesting aren't they? And life itself is ridiculous.Too many people take themselves too seriously.
I think the real beggars are the banks who receive 37 billion subsidy a year coz they're too big to fail.
How come banks have privitised profit, but nationalised loss?
If they're so damned 'efficient' then how come they can't stand on their own damn feet?

And here we are whinging about a few beggars who have ripped us off by what? A fiver max. Yet the real culprits, those who have decimated pensions saved over a lifetime, get off Scot free. That makes no sense to me.

It's a crazy world we live in... that's for sure!
Seconded!!!
Not keen on pure beggars but I'll give the £1 if I am in a good mood, happy to buy my Big issue every week from the same Romanian gipsy lady for the last three years, and don't mind subbing buskers 50p if they can actually play.