are you affected by falsities in life??
April 2, 2007 6:30am CST
Today, I saw an amazing thing, which left me spell bound. My car had stopped on signal, it was a long wait and I saw a crippled man dragging himself on hands and begging for help, he was frail with tattered clothes, long beard and faltering speech. He could hardly manage a few coins from men around, most of who just dodged him as filth on the road. I was still stuck and was getting late, looked on the other side of the road and then again eyed on the beggar. Now, to my utter shock, I find the man, supposedly a beggar, standing on his two feet and without even giving any time to gather my senses, he tied the coins in a loincloth and crossed the road tall, straight and nippy!! I am still dumbstruck and do not have any clue as to why ppl instead to earning their bread, beg for it and that too at the expense of scissoring our hearts!! Have you ever come across any such incidents, which swept you off your feet and values?
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• Delhi, India
4 Apr 07
I feel that begging is an easy option to earn money. We are too kind and too liberal and feel pity on the beggers and give them alms and money. They know that if they keep on asking us our heart will melt and they will get the money. Recently, there is a movie on this subject - "Traffic Signal"... which gives you the true picture what the beggers actually do.....if you get a chance just see that and you may find many answers of your questions. I normally avoid giving money to beggers.
5 Apr 07
thanx deepak. i haven't seen traffic signal, will definitely watch it, since you recommend. i know some of them do have compulsions and a few do it just like that. that what hurts. but what denmarkguy has added (see the previous response) is also true. i couldn't agree more with him. thank you, smiles...
• United States
3 Apr 07
Yes, I have seen such a thing-- when I was in my teens, there was a "blind" man sitting in his wheelchair playing the flute during tourist season, and getting quite good contributions because he was actually a good player. But the blindness (hidden by black sunglasses) and the wheelchair were just "props" to increase his income. At the end of the day, he'd wheel himself to the bus stop, get out of the chair, take off his glasses, and go home. I know this, because I lived near enough to the part of the city where he would play to see him many times, and at different times of the day. Some people in the world seem to believe it is their right to "use the system" as much as they can. Maybe they are beggars, but maybe they could also be someone who's an abusive manager in a large company "using" their position to gain things that are not really theirs... by manipulation. For me, the beggar you saw, the flute player I knew, and even the corporate manager all use a form of "emotional blackmail," to get what they want.
4 Apr 07
i am speechless, i couldnot have a better response. yes, that way, each one of us is on the same platform , using the system, doing 'emotional blackmail' day in and day out, only the degree varies. thanx for enriching this thread denmarkguy. atleast this time i could mark you the best. smiles....
• United Kingdom
2 Apr 07
Mimpi here in the UK that is a regular thing. I would not give Money I would go and buy them Food or a Drink, as that is what they say they want the money for It has been said here in the UK that some Beggars are richer then the People that work. They don't have to pay Tax or anything that is why for them it is easier to beg. There are Genuine ones but the false ones ruin it for the genuine ones. Never give money buy them a Drink or Food instead and if they are Genuine they will be grateful.
2 Apr 07
I have not seen such cases first-hand. However, I have heard quite a few from friends who have witnessed this. This is not to say that all beggars are liars. Instead, beggars like any other groups of people have black sheep as well.
2 Apr 07
It is too bad that people try to scam others in this way. I have never witessed anythig like this. But I have read a lot in the newspaper about a group of people from eastern europe that are here to beg. Some of them also fake injuries or handicaps. They do not get to keep what they get - they have to give it to a leader. I think that is apaling. Police and city government has asked people not to give them anything. But I see thay are still on the streets downtown.