Do you give money to beggars?

Philippines
August 12, 2011 4:05am CST
In a lot of country (including my country), a lot of beggars are staying on the streets asking for some help. Though there are asking for food, the majority of these beggars ask for money instead. I do not agree with that. If you want to help others, you can give them foods, clothes, or anything that really need. I don't believe on giving money to beggars. If you are a beggar who really needs help, you won't ask for money but instead of food or anything you can use directly to survive. I am also aware that several syndicates that uses beggars (specially children) to collect money and use it for their own selfish acts. Don't get me wrong, I am not against helping beggars. I am not against beggars. I just don't agree with money as a big help to them. Anyway, they can't eat or wear money. Just my two cents here. How about you guys? What do you think of that issue? I hope to have a healthy discussion in here. Happy MyLotting! :)
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@flpoolbum (2978)
• United States
12 Aug 11
I don't give money to beggers. I am have a hard enough time scrapping by myself. Besides, I heard that some of those beggers make more money in a day then I do. I don't think that I could be a begger. If I don't use a deodorant, I offend myself. :o
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@moksha09 (467)
• India
12 Aug 11
i do
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
@flpoolbum: Hahaha! It will be a curse for you if you don't use deodorant. Really? They make more money in a day than you do? Wow, I wondering where they are asking for money? At the president's lounge? LOL!
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
@moksha09: You do? How often? And what comes to your mind whenever you are in that kind of situation?
@myfb2009 (8296)
• Malaysia
12 Aug 11
It depends mostly on situation. If the beggar is indeed alone and is having health problem and unable to work, then i will give money to him. In most cases, i will only give either food or drink to them, since most of them are still young and healthy. I ever heard there are a few syndicates in my country, which uses children to beg for money, too. So, i usually avoid that kind of beggars. Most of the time, i prefer to give my money to the nearby charity centre. Every few months, i will donate some money to that charity centre and let them use it for good cause.
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@myfb2009 (8296)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 11
So far, the charity center which i always donate my money had done many helpful function to help the poor and the elders. That's why, i like to donate my money to them.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Good thing that the charity you chose is a legitimate one. Continue helping others. :)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
Hi myfb2009 :) Yes, if the beggar is that unfortunate then he/she deserves some financial help. That's a good move of you to give your money to the nearby charity center. Just make sure that the charity center is legitimate for there are also people pretending to be part of a charity but are just really doing some scams.
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@exkrima (291)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
When I have some spare before, yes. But most of the time no. Which is more practical for me. First of all what can you give when you yourself doesn't have a thing. Second we should not tolerate giving them so that in time when they realize no one gives them they will act. But of course it will not happen, this scheme always happen way back centuries ago. So its like a culture in every poor country. It is there lack of confidence and knowledge that put them there. Which is not right and wrong for me. But if they really want to leave they should work for it. Safety and Peace!
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• Philippines
12 Aug 11
Hi there exkrima :) Yeah, its more practical for us to give them food rather than money. In that way, we still help them but without costing us that much. Yes, I also agree with you not to tolerate them. I hope the government really pull off some programs to lessen their numbers. The government can adopt them if they don't have any relatives to take care of them. Its rather sad seeing these beggars having their lives on the streets instead of a safe home. :(
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@exkrima (291)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
Well as far as government concerns, As we know it government is already there sorry to say this, but they really can't do a thing in this matter. Well some tried but you cannot stop the epidemic thing about beggars. The one or The people who can help them is by themselves. They should realize that the failure they get is just a challenge for them. And as for us we should never ever give them, this just me or my opinion. Because when we give, they appreciate it. And then it can become a habit then it will depend on you and think like "since you can give us why should groom myself and find a work." But still my opinion. Cheers!
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• Philippines
13 Aug 11
ohh? the government can't do a thing about that?? hmm.. how I wish they oould find ways concerning that problem..
• United States
13 Aug 11
Yes I do! As often as I can..Homeless folk, unlike most factions of this monetary system, ask for money. The others simply stick their hands out, demand that I fill it and threaten me when I don't..Insofar as the Fagin groups, have you heard of government?..Insurance companies?..Utility monopolies?..Bank takeovers? We..uh..contribute to such syndicates on a regular basis. It may not be true for you but I suspect that most folks say 'NO!' to the homeless folk because they can do so without suffering real backlash. Kind of a control/power thing I guess. Insofar as you can't wear or eat money, regardless of their social stature within the community homeless folks are subject to the same economic system as the rest of us. That money given can buy them food/clothes/shelter as it does for us. Let's be flip here..for no better reason than I feel like being off-center this morning..and imagine that your boss at work comes to a similar conclusion concerning his employees and starts paying in hot dogs and button down shirts/slacks because you can't eat or wear what he/she has been paying you? Sounds absurd doesn't it?..Well.. Enjoy!
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@vycess (1588)
• Saudi Arabia
12 Aug 11
Actually, I really don't like to give money to the beggars, like you said there are many syndicates who are using these beggars. Instead when I have food I'll give it to them. But sometimes when I really pity some beggars I also give money. It still depends.
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• Philippines
15 Aug 11
We're very much the same with that. Food, not money, should be the default help you can give to them.
@SIMPLYD (90727)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
I choose the beggars i have to give alms to. If i see a very pitiful old man begging, i would really give him an alm. I would even give him food if i have some. As for the children, no i don't give them alms. Giving them would just like be enticing them to beg instead of their parents working to give them a living. Besides, you are correct, some of them are ran by syndicates.
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• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Yeah, these kids are being used more today to ask for alms. You can feel that no one is taking care of them. But, I think, its a higher possibility that someone is taking care of them and is using them to ask for money.
@andy77e (5156)
• United States
13 Aug 11
No. I'll give food. Perhaps I'll buy something for them. But I do not give money. I'll give money to organizations that help the poor, but no I will not give money to beggars. There is a difference in countries though. Perhaps in the Philippines, you still have actual beggars, desperately poor people who can't barely eat. Here in the US, we have professional beggars. People who simply don't want to work, and choose to stand on corners and demand money from people. There was a reporter who followed a beggar, after he got off his shift, watched him walk down a couple of blocks from where he was begging, and get into a car, drive to an apartment, and go inside. This 'beggar' had a car, and a home, and yet was looking do desperately poor on the streets with his 'hurting poor, hungry, few dollars for food'. It was all fake. You'll notice I said he got off his 'shift'. The beggars here work in shifts. As one walks away, another will walk up. They'll even share the 'need help' signs. I remember very specifically when I worked downtown, there was a guy on the corner of the highway with a sign that said "Vietnam Veteran. Need help! Please give". He would be there every day when I went to work. Well one day I went downtown at a different time, much later in the day. Sure enough there was a guy there with the sign, but it was a totally different guy, but the exact same sign. These are professional beggars. They make their 'living' begging. They could get a job. They could work, and earn money. But instead they just want to beg, and get money for doing nothing. There was a report some years ago, that the average US beggar collects $20,000 dollars a year. That's more than I make, and I'm taxed, while they are not. (That's 852 696 Peso) So no, I never give to beggars. I'll give to organizations that help actually poor people. Not to some professional beggar who simply doesn't want to work for his money.
@andy77e (5156)
• United States
16 Aug 11
Yup. Can't really report them, because begging isn't illegal, and lying isn't illegal. I could go to a street corner right now, and mark a sign saying "need help, please give", and I have not really scammed anyone. But yeah, people do this all the time.
@surfer222 (1714)
• Indonesia
16 Aug 11
@andy Did you watch two and a half men tv series? did the Alan character really happen in US where the man should give most of his money to his ex-wife to support her way of life? if i live in US and what happen to Alan Character happen to me i rather be a beggar than have to work just to give it away to somebody.
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
Whoa! Professional beggars? Those are actually professions? I don't know such acts like that are practiced in US. They make a living with lies. People like that must be reported to the authorities. They should be stopped before more people can be fooled by them.
@inu1711 (5285)
• Romania
18 Aug 11
I used to give money or any food to beggars. But I stopped this a few years ago when I gave a nice cake to an old beggar and he refused me. He said he needed money, not the cake. What? He didn't need food to survive, he only needed the money to buy himself something to drink. That was the day I decided not to give money to a beggar any more. I've heard that many beggars live a luxury life behind their un-happy look.
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Wow! You should have given me the cake instead LOL!
@Sanitary (3968)
• Singapore
19 Aug 11
Begging is illegal in singapore, and that's why we don't see them much. I won't give money to beggars because i don't know what they are going to do with the money. Some beggars are from syndicates, which is a common thing, especially in thailand. More than often, i will offer them food, and if they refuse, that's where i know they are not real beggars.
• Philippines
22 Aug 11
Begging is illegal there? So, where do you keep the beggars? Or there are really no beggars because of your wealthy country? I'm just asking. :D
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12 Aug 11
it depends really for me. if i see someone, and in my heart, i feel that they are truely down and out and in need of some help, and i have money to give them, i will. i'm a sucker for kids, so if i see a woman begging with her kid, its a guarantee that i'm giving her money. even if in actual fact shes not poor, or in need, and its all just to get money.. then whatever, but atleast i feel like i've done my bit. where i live there, the majority of "beggers" and homeless, are the same people that have been on the streets since i was a kid, so i know who is genuine and who isn't.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Oh, so children are your weakness? Its true that a kid's face is almost not an option to put negative things on. But time has changed that fact. Many children nowadays are being used as instruments just to ask for money. And its sad knowing that. :(
15 Aug 11
yeah, i know.. some kids are used as instruments to pull at your heart strings.. it's even sadder to think the kids may not even be theirs, but their friends, and they have borrowed them! and even worse to think they've brough a little few week or month old baby out into the street, just to make more money!
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
Yeah, they just don't care about the children. Poor children. We really should not let those kind of events get worse.
@nurseclare (2209)
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
i just did before going to the office while i'm in the PUJ! I just feel bad whenever I can't give something. I also give foods to them because if I take a look at them it broke my heart if i will not share my blessings. You're right, money must not be given to them but a single peso/ three pesos is not a big loss to us, right?it's just a small amount the could POSSIBLY help them. And you know what, I had an awful seen at the street because I bought more than 10 pieces of bread for the beggars but people on the street told me that policeman may arrest me of doing so. I left and cried a lot at out college university with my friends laughing at me. What a shame!
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
Really? Why would the policeman arrest you for such act? Those policemen should make their moves first if they don't want beggars on the street. And your friends laughing at you? They are not friends! How could they laugh at you when you all you wanted to do was to help those beggars.
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• Philippines
9 Sep 11
Oh thanks for the BR assassin..how are you here?Just logged in..Check my discussions. i forgot to include your name in their bu i want to express it in here that i missed you! I was a real innocent so i thought they we're right. there is a law here in the Philippines that prohibit us from giving money but do not include foods. aw, not a mean laugh, just for fun..
@surfer222 (1714)
• Indonesia
12 Aug 11
when i was young i used to gave money to beggars but now after i learn that those beggars on the street actually is a syndicate that use kid to gain money i never give them any of my money. In my country there's a village where all of the people there have a profession as a beggars and the houses in those village are ridiculously big, even bigger than my own house.
@surfer222 (1714)
• Indonesia
16 Aug 11
all the people of that village are professional beggars, so the village live happily ever after, the whole village are scum so they understand one another.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
So, they are really making being a beggar as a profession out there? Whew! How do everybody on that village react? Are they aware of that scum?
@jdex_143 (1093)
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
You do have some point in this.. There are those who asks for money but if you look at there physical conditions, they are so able. I'm wondering why they won't look for a job so that they won't ask any money from anybody. Sometimes, if I can see that the beggar really needs to be helped, I would give him/her some coins but if I can see that he/she is not a good beggar, I will just ignore them.
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
Yeah, that's a disgusting fact among some beggars. Some of them even have bigger muscles than me. They are so able to do some jobs but they choose to walk on the streets and ask for money. Tsk tsk..
• China
12 Aug 11
I used to do that.But now I've learned that most of the beggars are not real beggars.They can work and get money from it.And some children beggars are forced to do so.I can't give money after knowing all of this.
• Philippines
14 Aug 11
Yes, some of them are organized by underground syndicates trying to extract money from the good hearts of people. Really annoying and unforgivable. Such situations are rampant nowadays. They are much like scammers trying to gain money easily. Now it is hard to give away money to beggars because of this.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Those syndicates are using the beggars to have us caught unaware while we give them money. Its really unforgivable.
@FickleSky (140)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
In the past, yes it breaks my heart to see old people and young ones looking shabby and asking for some help. But, I've learned what is the right thing to do. Not to give them anything. It was because it's simply not right to always give them this & that and leave them even more dependent. Help them learn the right thing to do with their lives, get their butts up and work. Besides, it is the government's responsibility to take care of them. Ugh. This is a chain actually. Govt. with corruption --- poverty. I'd rather help institutions and foundations.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
I think its a hands-down that the government must take care of them. It is the government who should maintain the orderliness in the society and that includes not letting any beggars on the street asking for money in their everyday lives.
• United States
12 Aug 11
I agree that if a person is in need they can't be choosy and if I can help with food and or clothing I would be all for it. There are times if I have easy access to coins, as I won't dig into my purse out in the open, but if the coins are easy access I will be happy at times to help anyone who asks. Sadly though I can't help everyone as there are times that in several corners there are many asking. I don't have much to give so I can't help all who do ask. There was this one time a person came to me asking me for money and I did not have any on me and he got angry for not helping. I left quickly as it scared me into believing he would hurt me.
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
That's a NO! He was asking for money and then got angry when you couldn't give him? Good thing you escaped him because he might do something wrong to you because of that. I also experienced a scene like that. I was on a bus when a pair of beggars tried to get on the bus and ask for money. The bus driver did not let them get on the bus and the doors were closed. After that, they started speaking in their own dialect that we can't understand but I can tell their gestures that they were cursing the bus and its passengers.
@asliah (11137)
• Philippines
4 Dec 11
hi, my country is Philippines and there are many beggars here scattered outside in the streets asking for a coin and not a food nor dress,they more wanted to stay in the street rather than i small good house,and when a beggar ask for a money to me i actually never give because they are still strong and still have the ability to work.
@polaris77 (2040)
• Bacau, Romania
12 Aug 11
I only give them money on rare occasions,when I consider that they are truly in a desperate situations and they are not faking it,as many of them do.I also don't give them money because I think many of them use it to go to an buy themselves something cheap to drink instead of food,and there are also many of them who pretend to have a handicap just to impress passers-by and convince them to give them money.I never give them anything when I suspect them of cheating.
• Philippines
16 Aug 11
Oh yes, I am aware that many of them are just faking their handicaps. I have been seeing this handicapped (twisted leg, if you can imagine that) beggar on a bridge I am passing by everyday I go to work. Then, I went to another place one day and I was surprised to see that same beggar. How could he do that? He is showing all the people that he can't walk and that he is with no one. Now, how can he transfer from one place to another if an ordinary people needs a high-speed train to get to that place in 15 minutes? LOL!
• China
12 Aug 11
I gave money to the beggars before I graduated from college,after that I didn't.Since I realized that it's very hard to tell who is the real begger,especially for the young beggars,I can't understand why they are begging without even try to survive on their own,they don't deserve our sympathy.If they are reported by an official department about their stories,I may donate.Most of the beggers are just too lazy. For the ones use children I really hate their ways,I feel really sorry for the children hope they can be rescued soon and the adults get harsh punishment.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
I really hope also that these children be rescued so that they can have a taste of a better life. They should be enjoying playing with each other not with the cars on the streets just to ask for alms.
@Emerald20 (130)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
Well, honestly, I do not give money to beggars for the reason that, I have read that it is actually prohibited because giving them we make them more dependent to the people instead of working. one thing is, there are some syndicates who use these innocent people to beg for them. Perhaps, charity giving is better, like what the other mylotter said.There's alot of way to help needy people in a way that we do not tolerate their abusive actions and not allowing them to be totally dependent to every single penny we give...
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Instead of giving money, you can teach them how to earn money even in little things. Yes, you're right that there are a lot of other ways we can help them. I hope they can also help their selves.