should beggary be allowed/encouraged?
February 1, 2007 8:07am CST
i see many beggars at the road side near traffic signals and even in railway station my heart just melts looking at their plight i feel really sad for them but i always think as long as we continue to give them money they will continue to beg so once this stops they will have no other option but to hunt for a job to survive. i can understand with people who are handicaped or old but what about those who are young and very well capable of earning.
• United States
1 Feb 07
This is a sad situation and to be honest there is no real answer. Maybe if we offered assistance other than money such as where they may go to receive help or find jobs. I think it is true that many do this simply because they are lazy and don't want to work but as I taught my children - you want something you work for it, no free hand-outs from Mom. LOL my daughter (21) is unemployed and when she needs money she'll come to me "Mom do you have any work I can do to earn some money?" It may mean doing dishes or laundry, cleaning the garage or mowing the lawn, just depends on what I need done but she works.
28 Feb 07
These happens a lot in my country. I can not say anything about it. My heart also feel for them, that they have to beg for money. But sometimes some of the handicaped also beg, and they keep on begging for money, but they own a house in their village! So they come to the big city, asking for money on the street, build a house. There is no telling who is a real beggar, who takes begging as a 'job/profession'. I don't think it's good to encourage them, but sometimes it's not easy to find a job as well, that they have to beg or also some just think by begging, they could get more money than work for someone.
8 Feb 07
i hate beggars. since i've moved to rome, i've been bombarded by people (mostly gypsies) with their hand out. i work very hard to pay the rent, you think i'm going to give away my lunch money because your sitting on a step looking pathetic or playing the accordion in the subway? i seriously hate them and will never give them a dime. these people make more money than you think they do, plus it's tax free. don't get fooled.