How Do You Treat Beggers?

@okwusman1 (2249)
Abuja, Nigeria
November 21, 2007 10:30am CST
When you see beggers, do you give them money? In my country, some energetic men and women would pretend to be deformed or physically challenged and start constituting nuisance by way of begging for arms. Most of them have families and are not having any health problems. Whenever you see such beggers you will hard know whether there are genuine begger of not. How do you treat them and do you feel about beggers and begging.
8 responses
• United States
26 Apr 08
I treat them like they could be me. I treat them like I'd like to be treated if I ever ended up in their situation.
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
28 Apr 08
that is encouraging. even in their societies, they should be given attention, opportunity and respect.
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@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
13 May 08
some of them are being cartered for by govt agencies, why do they still beg?
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
I also remembered a man who would always sit in front of the church door and who looked very weak and helpless. Whenever I see him, I always see to it that I will give him alms even if it's just coins. One day, I decided to stay in a tree house in front of our church to relax. It's a very nice day but when I see the man buying some rugby and sniffing it, I felt really angry and I stopped giving him money because of what he's buying. No doubt why he felt that weak, he's been taking something that is very dangerous to his health. No matter how good you are, I believe that giving money to this people is not a very good option. First of all, you're not sure whether they're spending it in the right way. They could also be some kind of a slave who works for someone and you're money will be given to their selfish boss. That's why people tend to ignore them because they're aware of it. But being blind is not a very good solution. I know that this is very easy to say but hard to do that's why I think i don't have the right to suggest this. However, in my observation, if these people were just educated then their life would not be in that state. If only someone would help them gain knowledge on how to work without begging for alms in the streets, their life will not be miserable. Even someone who didn't get to grade school can earn money by using his strength. It's just a matter of what you will do with your life and finding ways for survival. ..^^..cherry
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
22 Nov 07
cherry, you contribution is lovely but these beggers most of the time cause a lot of embarassment, how do you feel when they approach you for alms? what could be the best solution to the menace of beggers on the streets.
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
I don't know if I'm being rough but i don't pity them that much maybe because I see them everyday and eventually I got used to it. But when I see them lying on the streets, I felt blessed because I was born in a very nice family who can support our needs. ..^^..cherry
• India
27 May 08
I will give money only to old people or severely handicapped people.Otherwise I feel uneasy. I know I am doing wrong.But cannot stay from this action.
@bbsr13 (4199)
• India
22 Nov 07
Hello, okwusman.being an indian i feel ashamed that in india you will find baggers daily coming to your door for begging.there are other places too where u will find them.in the market, at masque. at temple gates, at church ,every where.it's disgrace.of course, the government is taking all steps to discourage the practice.the government is giving subsistence allowance to old,disabled,widows, and providing houses to homeless people.all the more government is giving many other benefits to the economically backward people.but the bagger class still exist.even physically potential persons are bagging.as such you can't distinguish the genuine one.i personally hate this practice.it should be seriously dealt with.many thanks.
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
23 Nov 07
bbsr, you are very sincere. this pratice is not good and they are increasing
@azimsay (546)
• India
22 Nov 07
I am very unhappy to to beggers because I want to help them they are very poor I will give khana cloths and some of money.
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
23 Nov 07
azimsay, do you know that some beggars are richer than you? though some of them are poor.
@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
Personally, I don't give money to beggars. As much as possible, I would only give them stuffs like clothes or food. We have a law here on giving alms to beggars, we are prohibited to give them help since there are institutions that personally deals with them. Not only that, but they will also be a cause of accident on streets since they will beg and beg because people tolerates them. If ever they seem to be suspicious for me, I just give them food. If they ask or beg for money, then should look for others since this is a big NO for me.
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
23 Nov 07
i love such law because most of these beggars are becoming something else, children age 4, 5, 6 are begging for alms and atimes they will get hold of you and say give us money, it very embarasing.
• United States
22 Nov 07
You know i have never been asked for money from a begger, but i think that if i was i would buy them food,a clean shirt,drink,or somthing.rather then give them money.that i would be he;ping them. but not comtributing to their habbits if any are there. if not then they would be quite contempt with you buying them what they need
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
23 Nov 07
oh that is good but you know is you are walking along the street and you eventually meet them probably there is no place around where you can buy food for them, is it not good to give them money?
@megumiart (3782)
• United States
21 Nov 07
I feel kind of bad for homeless people. I try not to give them money because if I give one person some money, I feel obligated to give some to all other homeless people as well.
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
22 Nov 07
megumiart, are saying that there is no need to give them money? how can the homeless be provided with shelter to curb their menace on the streets?