What are your feelings towards a beggar?

India
August 12, 2009 10:02pm CST
You find that there are a lot of beggars in many cities. In some cities begging is an organized network and the beggars yo see are actually working for a big network. They are paid daily wages. One may feel sorry for the small handicapped child who is begging, but in actual fact the child does not get what you pay him or her. The money goes to the mafia network. I think twice before giving money to a beggar. What do you think?
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
13 Aug 09
A beggar is actually a human person who we must care for. A beggar is deprived in life. That is why he is begging...not only for financial aid but perhaps for help on surviving life. Many people have made begging a means to benefit themselves. These are the indolent parents and the organized mafia. Begging had become a cultural dilemma in the many great cities of the world. As there are beggars, so are there the greedy rich who would not even share crumbs from his banquet table...
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• United States
13 Aug 09
Forgive my ignorance/naivety, but where is the mafia/network begging taking place? Is it in the states or abroad?
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
I believe that the begging mafia had infiltrated even the major cities of the world. In fact, the beggars have made it so subtle the ordinary citizens have not realized they had been victimized until the economy had crashed. Of course there is a big difference with this kind of begging and that with the genuine poor. My heart goes to those who truly suffer because of poverty.
• Philippines
13 Aug 09
In our country, one of the modus operandi of syndicates is that they send out children to beg in the streets and they collect the money afterwards. Some beggars, if they are not part of a crime organization would use the money they have collected to buy addictive substances. Yes, this situation is very real. Whenever I see a beggar, especially if it's a child, my heart is torn. Knowing what I know, I am skeptical that maybe by giving the beggar money I am just supporting the syndicates that are behind them. So what I do is I buy them something to eat, instead.
• United States
13 Aug 09
This is heartbreaking. Thank you so much for being able to help by getting them food. :0)
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
13 Aug 09
Well I know begging is often frowned upon becuse there are so many scammers out there and lazy people who are looking for hand outs, but I think that we should keep in mind that there are some people out there that are not begging, but in fact really and sincerely need our help. with that said I also frown on constant beggars, meaning people who are not motivated to make somthing out of there lives and are depending on hand outs from others to make a living. but if someone has proven/shown to me that they honestly need help, I would defintly consider helping them depending on there situation, and theres a big difference between a beggar's and a person just asking some for help, lets all remember that.
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• Philippines
13 Aug 09
I used to give something to beggars, unfortunately when i found out that these people, including kids are part of some syndicate, i stopped giving it to them.sad but, some of them tend to be abusive..so, instead i would just give psalm to charities that has piggy banks near the ticket booth..
13 Aug 09
yes me too I used to give to beggars as a form of pity to them but I realized that giving them money is not really helping them. Instead the best way to help is have like a homeless shelter and get them to go and build their lives from there. But its not so easy as begging really is a problem worldwide.
• United States
14 Aug 09
i dont give them anything but i never carry cash so thats an easy one.. but i do feel bad for them.. i always wonder which ones are just faking it or have probs that they are just stuck in that they could do better in (like an addiction etc) and which ones are really just screwed as far as they lost their homes etc.. i have a soft spot for the homeless. i always wanted to like start a homeless shelter that rehabilitated them not just give them a meal or cash and shoo them away
• China
14 Aug 09
In my country.There are beggars.Beggars can be divided into several of the.Some of the elderly.Some are children.Making use of the bad kids go begging.If I see a beggar.I will give him(her) to buy food or something else.Not to give him(her) money.I do not have the power to stop a criminal organization and the bad guys to use deception or begging to do something bad.I can only help them some food.
• Belgium
13 Aug 09
Normally when I see a small child or am old man I feel pity for them. But when I see a 30-40 years old man begging on the road side I get annoyed sometimes. I mean he can do some work and earn instead of begging. But you are right begging is more of a industry. Some gangs catch these children and old people and make them to beg. This way they are getting to earn lots of money. Once my sister saw on roadside a very young kid begging. She knew if she will give her money it will not go to her. Instead she went to nearby shop and bought a sandwitch for her. She ate that and she was happy. I was amazed at the thinking of my sister. Really nice.
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
I used to give money to the beggars, that was until I discovered some of them are cheaters. The problem is, it's hard to figure out who cheat and who's not. They're better than any actors. It's irritating. I don't mind sharing but I hate being cheat. It's taking advantage of other people kindness.
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
13 Aug 09
mmm .. i don't know, if i feel sorry, i can see in their eyes, i just gave it to them, i don't care what for is the money they will use, as long as we are doing a good things, it doesn't matter, God can see what you do for others, including the beggar do Have a nice day mercuryman3a