What do you feel & do when you see beggers on road running after you............

@aweins (4203)
India
April 21, 2009 3:35pm CST
when i see beggers or poor but healthy people i feel very bad that why dont these people work and earn for themselves. why do they have to beg. why cant they work. it is so frustating to see them in that condition and more frustating is when they start running after tourists asking for money. it gives such a bad impression on the tourists about the country and the people over there. they take there pictures and show to their people in their country telling about our country and our people. these *****ng aRSEh*LES give such bad picture of our country outside that i feel like putting all of them behind the bars. but i cant. i am helpless. if one fine day i get a chance to do , the first thing i'll do is to erase them from my country and make them all to work rather than begging and giving a bad picture to outside countrymen, which is so shameful.
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16 responses
@lolwat (13)
22 Apr 09
When you see a begger, you know they are a begger. Interviewers will see that too. Most if not all will be biased against someone who doesn't have a place to live. Can you rely on someone who can't even come to work clean? Many companies rely a lot on presentation and don't want that to be ruined by someone who has to wear the same clothes every day. I know it isn't nice but it's the way jobs work. It's hard enough getting a job but getting one while homeless is even harder.
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• Canada
22 Apr 09
yes that is very true! my husband owned his own buisness a few yrs ago and we went downtown and handed out our card to a few homeless people offering a job and ended up with 2 great guys who worked there buts off and were able to get a place to live after a couple months of paycheckes,they also continued to work for our company for almost 2yrs and we are all still good friends!it was nice to help them out because not everyone is a fraud most really need help and hope to get them past there own demons not everyone is as strong as some people are!
@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
21 Apr 09
Have you ever spoken to one of them? Actually asked them how they came in the situation? I have. More than once. One man I talked to, his wife had kicked him out. He had no hope anymore, was so broken because his wife had kicked him out. He had given up. We talked for a long time, and he did not know that he could get a postal box as mailing address. I tried to give him some advice. Hopefully it worked. I never seen him there again after that. He was a great man. Normal like we all are. There was another time, I was talking to a women. She had no more hope. She was an older women with holes in her shoes. She said she had tried every thing. But, because she is a women and an older women at that, she got no chance. These are people like you and me, trying to survive. Have you never been disappointed in life? Never had hard times? Then you are one of the lucky ones. These people need a helping hand. Some one who cares. Most of them are afraid to trust. They have been hurt so much. They have been through so much, or else they would not be in that situation. Take care, have a nice evening.
@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
22 Apr 09
How did they become that way? Syndicate and fraud? Something must have triggered that. People are not born this way. Truly, these people need help. Nobody in there right mind wants to live on the street and beg. Something happened. I hope if this ever happens to me, that someone will be nice enough to help me. I never say never, no one knows what the future will bring. Take care, have a nice day!
21 Apr 09
Every country has homeless people. Every country has people who are so desperate they would beg for money. I'd rather someone ask me for a handout than steal my wallet.
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@aweins (4203)
• India
21 Apr 09
it is very much true that asking for money is better than picking pockets. thanks for your response dear friend.
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• China
22 Apr 09
Is it only their mistake? In the other way, the being of beggers is to meet some people's feeling of pity. I think the problem belongs to the society and the country. The country is not enough rich to ensure their living, and not enough ability to manage their living. The bad culture of society has offered the soil of existing beggers, and more beggers join in. It's idealist to die out beggers.
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@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
21 Apr 09
this the same case in my country. At almost all the traffic lights there are some beggars who ask for money. Once outside the restaurant I parked my car and i was coming out of it. A person who was good enough by cloths and health came near my car and kept a piece of cloth on my Glass. Now he was not cleaning the car windshield but he was making hand actions for giving him some money. I told him why dont you work, he replied that i dont get work. I told him that come with me right now and i will give you a job as a watchman in a place near my home. But he just smiled at me and went. This is so ridiculous. I am staying in a foreign country and that person was from the country where I actually belongs to. they are all giving such a bad image to my country's name. I am so upset with these people.
@aweins (4203)
• India
21 Apr 09
oh dear, it is so true. it is really frustating when because of certain people you and your your country is looked down. it is really sad too. i faced the same same situation when i was in Mexico.
@kodigo (171)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
Yeah right. Same here in our country. Beggars are scattered everywhere but not that much because most of the poor people are residing in squatters area (like a huge idle land near a suburb). Sometimes mothers bring their child with them and crossing the road and chasing cars during stop lights or traffic. They really looked like hungry but instead of giving them money or coins, I'd rather give them bread or food that they can it in an instant. In terms of taking in pictures of this people and showing them anywhere in the world is like a bad image for us as well since these beggars reside in our country.
@aweins (4203)
• India
21 Apr 09
hi kodigo, thanks for your response dear friend.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Apr 09
I am probably one of the 'tourists' you speak of. I live in the UK but I have been to India many times and have been approached by beggars on a number of occasions. I actually always feel very sad for them. I think you being a little harsh by calling them bad names. As far as I understand it, some of them really have no choice. Some young children for example are forced into this life - they did not ask to be born to homeless parents but unfortunately fate has been very unkind to them and they have no other means of surviving apart from begging. In addition I don't believe the employment sector in India can support the rising population. If this is anybody's fault then it is the governments. The government needs to take control and start looking after the country and it's people better.
@kmurphy (46)
• United States
22 Apr 09
When I do see them on the side of the road I do feel a little sorry for them, but then I sit and wonder why don't they get a job...I mean not just that but there are so many sources for them that they don't have to live like that. Actually there have been many stories that I have heard that a lot them are not what they appear to be. That is their way of making extra money. A friend of mine was driving down the rode and stopped at a light and look over at a man holding a sign (please need help, any money will do) and she double looked and notice that it was someone she knew, so she pulled over to talk to him and she said that he look nervous and she asked him what he was doing and well she knew better because she knew that he worked, had kids, a car and a nice house. So pretty much she caught him and is not friends with him, because she feels that he was robbing the good and generious people of this world. So I don't give money, but I have been known to let one know where a job opening is or a shelter.
• United States
22 Apr 09
When I was young and naive I thought this way too. But I have grown to see that many times people who are healthy cannot find jobs because they do not have the education or ability to get and keep a job. In some countries they do take care of the problem in drastic ways. Before a meeting of "rich countries" in a South American country a few years ago, they did take care of the problem. They simply went out and killed the street people near the conference center so that the attendees would not be bothered by them or get the wrong impression of the country. Instead of eliminating the people, we need to eliminate the problem by encouraging the government to support and not destroy companies that are employing our neighbors.
@Archie0 (4671)
22 Apr 09
I seriously feel upset when i see them. i feel ashamed of myself that i still grumble when i have so many things around me. i have a wish to help them but as i dont have money for myself i dont know what to do. but i know when i will earn i am definetly going to help them i wish if i can give some of my mylot earnings to them through cheque.
@arkasen (748)
• India
22 Apr 09
When I see healthy men and women are begging from door to door then I feel really bad. They are young and healthy why do they need to beg. They can do some work on there own and earn money form them. I think they don't have any self respect. But I have seen some other kind of people also. There are some old men and women who don't beg. They sell some packet food for little money. They don't like to bent before other. They have self respect. We should always support those people who are atleast trying do some thing but not begging.
@gxyywhyzy (450)
• China
22 Apr 09
what can we do?nothing can we do.more and more people like these need to be settled down.even more distressing there are many children beggers of these people. We may give them some money,but they are still young and should be educated or taken care for.
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
Sometimes I pity those people I see on the streets especially the children, but most of the time I see able-bodied men and women begging for food as if they have no other choice but to beg so I don't give any penny on them. Beware though that there are syndicates handling children and women forced to beg in the streets.
• United States
22 Apr 09
People have a choice to make their life something better. There is always some job you can do some where they just don't step out and try hard enough!
• United States
22 Apr 09
I have never had any beggars running after me and really do not see them much around here. I did see them when we went to New Mexico. We were in a restaurant and this man went to tables passing out pens and they had a note on them that said The man was deaf and please donate $4.00 and you could have the pen or something like that. I bought the pen. Then the man went to the counter and ordered a drink with it. And we went to Midland, Texas about 5 times and never once did we go that I did not see at least one person standing at a red light holding a sign. I remember one said "I have cancer please help." It is said to know that are people like this. I remember one Christmas my Uncle came down and he asked me if I knew where he lived and I told him no and he told me that he was homeless. I was so sad because that is always awful but I also know his situation and that he has a place to stay here if he would have stayed here. Some people honestly want to live that way and then there are those that have no choice. You never know.
@jellymonty (2358)
22 Apr 09
I do feel sorry for these beggars. Sometimes when I'm in a good mood I give them some money. But most times I feel horribly guilty when I ignore them as I know that I can help but just dont know where to start helping them. I like the suggestion of asking and talking to them.. I got have courage to do that...