Beggars everywhere is sometimes annoying

@adnileb (5035)
Philippines
September 21, 2012 9:04pm CST
Here in our place, I see lots of beggars and they’re almost everywhere. I see different kinds of beggar; some of them are kids wearing school uniform and begging for money because they can’t go home, others are elderly who just sit along sidewalk and raising their hands and sometimes pulling your clothes. There is one man too, he is blind and he sings and plays guitar so that the passers by will give some money to him. He plays the guitar great and he has nice voice too. I prefer the beggars who do something in return for the money and not those who will just sit and wait for you to give them money. As I can see, they are strong and can work even as a helper or anything but still, they can’t work for themselves. I have nothing against beggars, it’s just that I hate them doing things that are so annoying. Like the kids who will follow you as far as they can go with you because you are not giving them money and other kids used to scare people along the street. How about in your place? Are there any beggars too? I’d love to hear your views. Thanks!
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23 responses
@SIMPLYD (79498)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Like you my friend, i am more into giving to those blind ones that can play the guitar or play the harmonica. I ignore those beggars just like you said are still strong enough to do odd jobs like wash clothes, be car wash boys or anything that can give them a living. Though, i am annoyed at one beggar in our church, an old man, who the priest previously told us not to give him when he do the rounds during the mass. We could give but that's when the mass is over, because he will persist if we don't do so. The old man was tried to be dissuaded by a helper of the church during one time while the mass i going on, and the old man got angry and his voice boomed while he was crying aloud. Speaking of an abusero (abuser) for a beggar!
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Wow, that beggar has an attitude. It really is true, that when you gave some money to them once, they will surely comeback twice, thrice and everyday. But when the time comes that you will give them something that is not money, they will show a different reaction. A reaction with no appreciation in it. Haha! Crazy beggars. Why do they always ask for money? I know lots of people can offer used things for them, and also food but the others just like MONEY.
@SIMPLYD (79498)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
In fact, that old man was already being given a monthly one sack of rice, by the parish. So , it was announced that we shouldn't give him anymore, specially during the mass. However, some people would rather give a peso rather than the old man stands at their side to beg. So, he would always beg on Sundays. And to think he came from a far place. But as for me, i waived at him for No and he would go on to the next seat.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
Really? One sack of rice? That was one lucky man.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
9 Oct 12
It happens in my country too. I hate them because most of them are either children of school age and sometimes under age, and the others are productive age adults who should be able to find a job even though it is only doing laundry for a rich house than bagging for money using babies as enticement! I hate also the government who seems not be able to do anything for them. I hear in the developed countries, the government would take the children away and deem the parents as unfit to keep the children. And they give new house and family to the children...
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
Yes, you're right. There are lots of rich families looking for someone who would do the laundry for them. They just have to be more active. I see some of them are working hard on picking plastic bottles and then they will sell it on the junk shop. It irritates my day to see those lame beggars. Last night, while I was at a pharmacy, a kid touched my arm begging for coins. It was really irritating looking at their dirty hands. And today, while we are eating at a canteen, a kid entered and asked for food and money! What's with the government, so blind of those in need of help and motivation.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
11 Oct 12
In my country, it said that they have an organization... their always the culprit who lead all those beggars at the exact place, at the right time, using children to get our sympathy. Inside often I am sad when those kids approached, but I just don;t want this to be a habit, so I have to harden myself and never give them any money. Sometimes, I would ask them, do they want food? I would buy food for them but not giving money...
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
11 Oct 12
Others want money and sometimes if you give them food, they will throw it because they only want money.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
There are a few beggars who would be roaming in our community but most of them are those who have mental disabilities. Some would seem harmless so if ever I pass by them I give food for them to eat. There was one beggar/scavenger who has difficulty in walking. He usually rides in a bike with a side car. He is a drunkard and I refuse to give him something. One time, he was so drunk he threw bottles at the front of my in law's office. He was not satisfied with that, he went to the store that I was working at and was shouting courses about my in laws saying that they are no good. I was scared for my self and my in laws, we went to the barangay and have restricted the beggar from coming again to our place.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Oh my, that was really scary. Maybe he has something in the past that he can't get over with. Those kinds are rare but are really dangerous especially when you are outside and have nothing to protect yourself. Good thing you were inside and able to call the barangay. Thanks for sharing your experience, jenny. Have a safe day ahead.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
I am looking forward to your other discussions in the coming days...... Have a great day!
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
I can’t promise to have another discussion until my finger gets fine. My left ring finger was injured yesterday because of our dog’s collar. I was trying to catch him but something in his collar somewhat pricked my finger and now it is swollen. It is difficult to type, and take a bath, and everything. Huhuhu.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
1 Apr 13
You are right some time feel annoying specially when they touch our body like cloth or hand and say please give me give me. My danger and sweet hubby always anger on me for giving the money he said not give the money because they take the drink of this money. Only few begger are really needy.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
Yes, you're right, only few beggars are really in need so sometimes you are not sure whether you are giving money to the right person. As to me, I don't really give them money unless they really show how much they need it. Nowadays, more people are joined in a scam thing and also most of them are just being used up by other persons for gambling money.
@UmiNoor (3487)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 12
There used to be quite a lot of beggars in my country especially in the town area but now the government of my country feels that it mars the city sights so they've gotten rid of the beggars. I don't know what happened to the beggars but I don't see them anymore around the town area. I think it's because there are so many policemen around patrolling the city areas that if there were to be beggars, the policemen would ask them to leave. It can be quite annoying to find beggars following you around. And it's ill-advised to give them money because when you give to one beggar, hundreds will come flocking to you. It's all right I think for them to be entertainers on the street and hope people would tip them. I see old women selling tissues instead of begging. This is better than irritating people asking for handouts.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
11 Oct 12
Wow,good to know that beggars in your city are already gone. How I wish they would do that here too. Really annoying for some of them but since other people give them money, they're becoming abusive.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
Even do they are beggar and need some attention to give them some food to eat. We can't avoid to be annoy sometimes because they followed us and if not give them something they are the one who say something bad in front of other people. It seems that we the reason for them to be beggar. There's an occasion that I ride in a jeepney. The kid ask the driver a penny but the driver didn't notice about it. The mother, murmuring and said that the driver have no mercy on her kid. When the driver give the kid a penny the Mother, still maunder and irate because the driver gives only a penny...It's a weird person that rage on the person that give kindness unto them. I really hate those people that never know how to thanks on the blessings they get?
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
That's rude! You're right that the reason they are begging is because of us, but excluding me. When they ask and people give, they will definitely do it tomorrow and on the next day and so on because they know there's a reason to return and do it over and over again. Like in your story, when they're not being given, they get mad. And when they're being given, they still ask for more. Oh how I wish that one day, the government will sweep them all and do something about them.
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
There are, we called them bajaos and they are just using those small babies even new born babies just to gain attention it is like their business to make a child and used them so they have someone who would beg and look for someone who would give them a penny, leftover or etc.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Oh, yes, I remember, there are lots of Badjao (bajao?) in Manila and they give envelopes to jeepney passengers. There's even a note saying someone is sick and needs money, or like, Christmas note, etc. Poor little ones being used to earn money the bad way. And I think when these babies will grow up, they will do the same thing as what their parents are doing now.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
So many are there , from all gender , baby and very old ones. Usually i don't give to adults who are begging because in my they still can work , why to beg? I am giving to old beggars because in my mind , they can no longer be accepted in any form of work . While watching beggars it reached i my mind ,asking as to what is our government doing ? Why not help this beggars out. It is the work of our government to see the welfare of the poor fellows.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Yes, the government should be the one fixing these kind of problems everywhere but I think none of them mind. They can see these beggars everywhere and if they're really part of the government, they will do something about this. Or maybe they just work on the government and not for the government. Beggars will just increase in number if they don't do something to them. Especially the kids, they need attention and education,. The social welfare should gather all of them and take care of them.
@airasheila (5459)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
hi there adnileb, it also the same here in our end. that beggars are getting more and more especially now that the season of christmas is fast approaching. hence, they are really annoying especially if they will still follow you after you have given them a penny of alms.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Really annoying, isn't it. Here in our place, there are lots of Aeta tribe singing caroling as early as now. They ask for money by tapping their mini drums. Others sing while others just tap. And they also give away envelopes inside jeepneys and they just expect you you to put some money in it. They think money is that easy to earn. Well, for them, but for us, it's not.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Things are not always as they appear. Many people who beg do it as a profession. They make enough money to live quite well by begging, so why should they get a real job when they don't have to?
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
It's a lot easier to beg than to have a real job, I guess that's what they think. Besides, as long as there are people helping them, they will still continue to beg until they die. It's -ber time and Christmas is nearing, many beggars will come out, more in number than nowadays because it's Christmas time and it is a time of giving. They take for granted the season and and the others sing a caroling as early as now (and until Christmas day).
@maorzh (21)
• China
22 Sep 12
Here in my city there are many beggars on subways especialy in rush hour.They buy subway tickets to get in, get on the carrige in one end and start to beg all the way to the other end of the train.Some of them sing while begging for money.Some just walk or even crawl through,stopping at the every passengers.Most of the passengers would ignore them but they can always get some from several people.The first couple of times I run into this kind of situation I gave them some money.But before long I found I there were beggars on every train I took.They are like professionals.Then I stopped giving money because I cant do that every day! I dont think they are desperate to beg.They just find it's a good way to make money without doing any work.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Just imagine they can still be able to buy tickets to get in. Hmmm, I think they still get their capital and still have some profit in the end so they are willing to buy tickets. Good for you that you stopped giving them money. They're really getting more and more professional in doing such thing and as others will still give, they will not quit. It's quite easy to beg especially when they will act as disabled. Yes, others are disabled and can't work anymore but you see, they are the ones doing efforts for what they are begging for. They sing and play guitar and not just go around and ask people. Thanks for sharing your experience...
@maximax8 (28250)
• United Kingdom
22 Sep 12
I live in England and homeless people here can work selling a magazine. They have to ask their local council if they can have a permit to do that. I saw some homeless people in Bristol selling that yesterday. On my travels I have seen beggars and I feel sorry for the homeless people. I saw some very upsetting ones in Sumatra like a man with no legs. There are some hostel beds offered for homeless people in my home country. On cold winter nights a free soup kitchen might be available. The problem is all the hostels don't allow pets. Many homeless people have a pet dog. I like it that the blind man is playing music and singing. He is a homeless person doing something. The homeless kids that follow you can be annoying. I went on a colorful traditional bus in Colombia. Coming down a steep hill beggar boys jumped on its side and asked for money from the tourists. The travel guide book warned take a tour up to the convent or a taxi. They warned the road up there is dangerous. In Cape Town I had a local woman following me and she kept trying to put her hand on my disabled son. I went up to a police lady and a police man told her to go away and leave my son plus me alone. In my home country with a home a poor person could claim benefits like job seekers allowance until he or she gets a job. Without a home a person can't claim benefit or get a job. A person needs money to get a home and maintain payment on it.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Job seekers allowance? That is cool. I think our country wouldn't offer such thing. Because a lot in our government are corrupt and gets the people's money for their own good. You have a good country as it offers something for the beggars. I think I saw something like that in the movie, "Safe". Where there is a place full of beds offered to homeless and early in the morning they are being awaken to get out. Different kinds of beggars are really everywhere and you can meet the worst anytime. Like what happened to you and your son. Good thing you saw a police to get her away from you. That's scary because some of the beggars are getting mentally ill because of their situation and when a mentally ill person hurt you, you have no right to put him/her into jail.
@tatzkie23 (773)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Yes, i agree with you. Sometimes they're really annoying. There is like one time when one the children asked me for money instead of giving money i tried to give them food and he said, i want money not food! what the hell. haha.. And again, same situation i didn't give money and they spit on me. It's just really annoying. But at the end of the day, i think that there's nothing wrong in helping them.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Yes, there is nothing wrong in helping them but in some cases, you'd rather not to help them because they just don't like the help you are giving them. Like what happened to you, it is a good example not to pity them. You tried giving them something and yet they want something else. They are beggars and they should accept anything that is given to them in donation and not to ask for something that is none. That's the other reason why I don't give anything to them because in the end, I am the one who's bad. I remember one time, I gave an elderly 1 peso, she stared at me with a kind of mad face. Annoying, eh? Thanks for sharing your experience. =)
@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Here in our town, we don't have beggars anymore. Beggars are being apprehended and sent to the proper authorities. Our mayor passed a law against begging and giving alms. The reason behind this is when people give alms, they will be encouraged and will always return there to beg for more.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Oh, that's good. Where was your place? How I wish it would be implemented here too. They're just getting big in numbers and I can see some of them sleep along the street. I sometimes pity them when I see kids sleeping along the street but when I think of what they do, I get mad at their parents and sometimes at them too because I know there are things they can do aside from begging to make a living. It's true that as long as there are people giving, they will ask for more and more everyday. There are lots of foreigners passing the street upon going home and maybe they give some big amount so I think it's the other reason they keep coming back to beg.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
22 Sep 12
In the town I live in I actually have never seen a beggar, when I go to a big city for a holiday I will see beggars left and right. I suppose seeing them on a daily basis would become bothersome, but because I only see them a few times a year it doesn't really get to me. I appreciate it more when you see them doing some kind of talent on the street, it just shows that they are making an effort.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
That's the way others should beg for money, show some efforts. I know other young beggars are just taken for granted by their guardians who in return takes all the money that the kids are getting the whole day. There are lots of "modus operandi" nowadays involving street children that's why others are being in jail at a young age.
• Indonesia
22 Sep 12
In my hometown there are also a lot of beggars, ranging from adult, teenagers, children, and disabled people. I never give them money because I think they are very productive to look for work. Young children who took to the streets to beg usually gets orders from adults who live with them.
• Bangladesh
22 Sep 12
Beggars are creation of us. Statesman did nothing for them. Philosophers did nothing for them. Turning into beggar is because of years of negligence to them. Govts could have provided self employment to them. Natural disasters sometimes have turn them into beggar. Its our problem, not of beggars. Its govts wish, its the wish of industrialist that can make them depend on themselves, not on begging. Beggars are unfortunately beggar. We must help them survive.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I'd love to help them but they don't want it my way. I once tried giving food to a kid that says he's hungry but he refused it. Instead, he is insisting me to give him money. So, from there on, my views on them changed and now, I choose to whom I should give. You're right that it is us who created them because if it is not with those people who give, they won't be in the streets begging for more. Hope the government does something to this situation before it gets worst. Thanks for your thoughts, kashidanga. Have a nice day ahead!
@baddkabee (115)
• Singapore
22 Sep 12
I agree that there are beggars who are able-bodied to find a decent job for themselves. They may have their own reason for preferring to beg than to try to find a job. Begging for a sane-minded person is the last resort in order to bring food in the table. Looking at the big picture, having a big number of beggars on the street also reflects on the inability of the government to provide the basic needs of its constituents: food, shelter, job, security. We, as tax payers are paying the government to provide us these basic necessities, through job opportunities, social welfare, healthcare, and national security. But due to the bad turn on the economy nowadays, more people lose jobs, companies shut down, oil price hike, and other factors that have caused the rise of poverty in the country.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
Most of the beggars now are children being abandoned by their parents and some are being used by others just for money. I know there are social welfares that can help them but still they are getting many and many nowadays.
@riyauro (6430)
• India
22 Sep 12
i agree with you. these days beggars are too much. I have seen kids begging and also women who have babies. they actually try to touch you and I hate it when they do that. I used to give but now I don't give them since by giving we are encouraging them more and more. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@salonga (27993)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
The best way to eradicate beggars is by not tolerating them. Do not give them any alms. If they are not getting any money from people around they surely will disappear and would shift to another strategy to earn money. The reason why there are beggars is because they are earning from it. So those who give alms are actually tolerating these beggars. It is no longer an act of charity to give to beggar this days. In most cases they are actually part of syndicate so beware. If you want to be charitable give to charitable institutions rather not to beggars. If people will keep giving, then beggars will continue multiplying. Now who wants to have beggars all over? I hate that kind of sight. To solve that...stop giving.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I ain’t giving. And add to the hate, yes, those people that are tolerating them. Everyday, they get what they want so everyday they come back. At the same place, same position, same weak look. Some people really can’t understand things that when they give, once surely they will ask AGAIN. How I wish people would stop giving to those kind of bad beggars. The elder woman I saw on the street on our way to work is the same woman I saw when I was on the jeepney. She rode the jeepney from her home on the way to the place where she will sit and ask for money. She even managed to pay the fare.