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    Rise of the western 'beg-packers' in SE Asia

    From todays Daily Mail.

    Shameless rise of the 'beg-packers': Astonishing phenomenon of Western backpackers who beg for money to fund their travelling as they journey through some of the world's poorest regions
    • Backpackers in southeast Asia have started begging to fund their trip through the continent
    • A woman from Singapore posted images of 'beg-packers' online and said they are taking money off the needy
    • Many questioned why people with expensive travel equipment and cameras needed to beg for money
    • Move follows from internet trend which saw people using crowdfunding websites to finance their travels



    Poverty, sickness and pure survival - just a few reasons why genuinely needy people beg on the streets for money.
    But as these images show, the poor in southeast Asia are increasingly being joined by wealthy Western backpackers who are begging simply to fund their trips.
    The trend has caused outrage among locals, who say the tourists are taking money from the truly needy in order to finance lifestyle choices many consider a luxury.








    Travellers also appear to be openly flouting strict laws on street begging in many of the countries they visit. For example, in Singapore, only visitors with a work visa are allowed to busk.

    Maisarah Abu Samah, who is from Singapore, posted two images of people begging on Twitter - one couple selling postcards and another playing music.


    Expressing her fury, she told France24 : 'It was the first time I've seen something like that and it stopped me in my tracks.

    'First of all, you don't see many people selling knick-knacks or playing music in the street in Singapore because there are strict rules governing these activities.








    She said: 'I want to ask these tourists: what makes you think that this kind of behaviour is normal in Asia? Why don't you do the same thing at home?'

    The same trend has also taken hold online, where people use crowdfunding or charitable giving websites to ask for donations for them to go on voyages.

    There is even a dedicated website, fundmytravel, which allows people to appeal for donations to 'fund meaningful travel experiences.'

    While many projects on the site seem to be linked to worthy causes - such as humanitarian work in impoverished countries - others seem to be less deserving.

    One recent appeal, entitled 'David and Bash extreme budget backpackers take on SE Asia!', seeks funding for David and partner Sebastian to enjoy 'outrageous adventure, eating bugs, cliff diving, scuba and jungle trekking.'

    Created two days ago, the pair are asking for $2,850 - $1,000 for airfare, $850 for accommodation, and another $1,000 to spend. So far they have received $20.










    Rise of Western backpackers begging to fund their trip | Daily Mail Online

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    ...um...so what?...

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    Let them eat bugs.

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    Maybe Bsnub can finally get to Thailand now.

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    People with no pride. Disgusting.

    Why don't hey go high tech and beg on go fund me or what ever it's called...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    People with no pride. Disgusting.

    Why don't hey go high tech and beg on go fund me or what ever it's called...
    Why don't you read the fucking text.

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    Shameless users. They deserve contempt.
    I once hired a pommy slut who was backpacking around NZ to help around the office. Her motto was, "If it's free, take two and bugger those that come after." Ended up getting preggers to a guy she didn't like just to sting him for child maintenance and to be able to stay in NZ.

    There was another one busking with a recorder. Not good music, just playing on the pity factor. I was doing some work around the house that day and offered him $20 an hour (damn good rate then) plus lunch if he would come and give a hand. He said no, he gets more sitting where he was. Bludger.

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    Confusing for the third world as they think all white people are millionaires

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    I've been drinking all day in this bar, please pay my bin.
    Oh and i ordered food as well so kindly pay for my meal as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Shameless users. They deserve contempt.
    I once hired a pommy slut who was backpacking around NZ to help around the office. Her motto was, "If it's free, take two and bugger those that come after." Ended up getting preggers to a guy she didn't like just to sting him for child maintenance and to be able to stay in NZ.

    There was another one busking with a recorder. Not good music, just playing on the pity factor. I was doing some work around the house that day and offered him $20 an hour (damn good rate then) plus lunch if he would come and give a hand. He said no, he gets more sitting where he was. Bludger.
    Do you often take strange men home and offer to pay them more than the going rate, and feed them, just to give you a hand when you're home alone for the day?

    And why do you hire sluts to help in the office?

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    Don't know why anyone would want to travel on such a extreme budget. Can't see that they would get to see much of the country other than eating 7/11 in their hostel dorm. In countries with awful levels of poverty it is in poor taste to say the least.

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    It's an insult to the poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    Confusing for the third world as they think all white people are millionaires
    Yes, what a bunch of over-generalising buffoons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    People with no pride. Disgusting.

    Why don't hey go high tech and beg on go fund me or what ever it's called...
    Why don't you read the fucking text.
    Why don't you kiss my ass limey

    Its more fun to pull your chain and get a reaction
    Last edited by Lancelot; 12-04-2017 at 08:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Confusing for the third world as they think all white people are millionaires
    Little wonder the average third world person looks down on the average first worlder

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    The only idiots are those that give them money

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    The only idiots are those that give them money
    Absolutely right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    The only idiots are those that give them money
    You nailed it

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    An entitled generation

    I worked and saved for my gap year before and during travel. Around 70 hours a week as barman/waiter plus washing cars etc, then 3 months in Athens as a hotel tout earning commissions from half a dozen hostels /hotels. It's fair to say the experience helped me enormously in my later career.

    A neighbour's son recently asked if I'd "sponsor" his trip to S America. I suggest d £20 to wash two cars (inside and out). He was quite incredulous at the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy
    Don't know why anyone would want to travel on such a extreme budget.

    I doubt they do.
    It's a trend that's taken off and the sponging cnuts are making the most of it.
    I note the smiling faces, the laughter and "fun" that they're having.
    It's a game, in the poorest taste, but a silly game nevertheless.

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    Next time I see any in Bangkok (which won't be difficult) I'm going to show this article and grill them about their actions until they move on.

    Photos to come too, I'm out tomorrow or friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    Confusing for the third world as they think all white people are millionaires
    Yes, what a bunch of over-generalising buffoons.
    I see what you did there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Shameless users. They deserve contempt.
    I once hired a pommy slut who was backpacking around NZ to help around the office. Her motto was, "If it's free, take two and bugger those that come after." Ended up getting preggers to a guy she didn't like just to sting him for child maintenance and to be able to stay in NZ.

    There was another one busking with a recorder. Not good music, just playing on the pity factor. I was doing some work around the house that day and offered him $20 an hour (damn good rate then) plus lunch if he would come and give a hand. He said no, he gets more sitting where he was. Bludger.
    Do you often take strange men home and offer to pay them more than the going rate, and feed them, just to give you a hand when you're home alone for the day?

    And why do you hire sluts to help in the office?
    Oh, you clever clever man. What can I say? You got me again. I can't compete with your cleverness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Next time I see any in Bangkok (which won't be difficult) I'm going to show this article and grill them about their actions until they move on.

    Photos to come too, I'm out tomorrow or friday.
    That would be great....looking forward to it.

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    ^^ Cheers.

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