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    Beggar stories

    Today in Bromley I was stopped by a Uber delivery cyclist. He had a tissue held against the back of his hand. In a foreign accent he told he'd just had an accident and needed some money to buy first aid gear...

    I carefully told him in best old English that he'd tried the same scam on me a few weeks ago and suggested he go back to his own country to try the scam on stupid people. He was upset and so were the good people of Bromley unaccustomed to a working class person expressing such a forthright opinion.

    Anyway I came across this story in Shanghaist.
    https://shanghai.ist/2018/10/30/hang...lderly-beggar/

    The woman's son owns a factory, rental properties, and retail stores, but she still insists on begging

    Am I getting a message to try a new career. I do look pathetic.

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    Charity is at the behest of the giver...

    scam artists are everywhere, yet, if the person is really in need, I will provide cash, I am certain I have been taken many times, yet, I am certain I have helped persons in need many, many times.

    So Be It, there but for the grace of God...

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    I knew a junkie, John by name. He told me he would get up to Central London and "go on the beg".
    Well insulated and with his last 10 injected inside him he would go on the nod.
    People thinking he was a street drinker would drop money into his cup or leave a can of beer next to him.
    Most nights he go 30 which was enough for 3 bags that kept him going until the next night...

    I have given in the past but I observe and see what the scam is first. Nothing to foreign beggars or those Roma with their kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orrens View Post
    Nothing to foreign beggars or those Roma with their kids.

    Orrens

    Because people who don't share the same nationality are clearly less deserving?

    You Brexit bellend.

    I hope your next shit's a hedgehog.

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    ...I give to horribly disfigured beggars dressed in student uniforms...

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    Don't see too many beggars around here in E. Thailand these days.. Used to be a lot outside shopping malls and the like, usually Cambodians with missing legs, or midgets. Probably the products of landmines, or US ordnance / Agent Orange from a few decades back. Usually controlled by some Thai "Fagin" character hanging around in the vicinity, who works for a BiB captain.
    Pretty gut-wrenching to walk past deformed, or desperate people holding kids up, tbh. Although giving them money just perpetuates the misery, best just to give them some food, yoghurt, etc.

    A friend of mine hired some Cambodian midget beggars to wear costumes and sit in his garden with fishing rods around his pond. Told me they initially worked out cheaper than actually shelling out for real Garden Gnomes.. Until they started drinking and fighting each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    Don't see too many beggars around here in E. Thailand these days.. Used to be a lot outside shopping malls
    Yup, Thailand has definitely chased the majority of beggars away, they are cleaning up the streets, far fewer beggars, twenty years ago they were five/six deep per block, more so in the tourist areas, in comparison a most drastic improvement today, far, far fewer beggars. And the severely disabled (ones who had to be carried to and dumped on a blanket at their stations with cups placed in front), well, haven't seen one in a few years.

    Wonder though, what happens to them when no-one is making money off them, are they dumped into a "state run facility"? Can't see any proper care being given that way. Hate to say it but, maybe, they are better off with a "Fagin" type making money off them and providing better care than they would receive in a state run holding facility.

    Wonder the same about brain damaged and/or crippled motorcycle accident victims, you know, the ones who weren't lucky enough to die and now live out the remains of their lives as severely handicapped, mentally and/or physically. Sure, many are cared for by family, but others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    A friend of mine hired some Cambodian midget beggars to wear costumes and sit in his garden with fishing rods around his pond. Told me they initially worked out cheaper than actually shelling out for real Garden Gnomes.. Until they started drinking and fighting each other.
    hmm... a new entertainment foray "The Drunken Cambodian Garden Gnome Cage Matches" kmart, you just might have something there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Because people who don't share the same nationality are clearly less deserving?

    You Brexit bellend.

    I hope your next shit's a hedgehog.
    Ok, let's bite! Virtue signallers are outraged when others generalise, as I do, and as they do in particular with those that disagree with them. Strange world.

    When in UK I do not give money to a Roma beggar, period, and it's unlikely though not impossible that I would buy them a loaf of bread. Also unlikely, but I might give money to a non-Roma beggar, and with a greater chance that I buy them a loaf of bread. Iow, if anyone benefits from my generosity it's likely to be the non-Roma beggar over the Roma. Does this make me a racist?

    If so, here's some more ammo. I frequently let the lad drop a couple of coins into the Asian foreigner's cup outside a local 711, because he likes to, and he might leave a flavoured milk nearby, but I whisk him by the Thai beggar outside a Family further along. Am I racist, sexist, ageist, or numero uno on some other virtue signaller's target list of evil beings? But I often drop a small note to the guy with half a head, so will that save me in the hereafter?

    Troublesome fact, and no different to most people that are honest enough to be less than oh so perfect, my limited experiences with beggars are my guide in spontaneous decisions, and somewhere in the stew Roma beggars fare poorly in the UK and Europe, as do particular Thai beggars vs particular unknowns in Thailand. Your thinking may be different and superior, and no doubt some unholy fools would strike a virtue chord by making the effort to aid a dark minority over a more needy paleface.

    Need more ammo? Ok, often discussed here, some believe that Thais are inferior to farangs; not to say every farang is superior to every Thai in every respect; that's rather dumb, though commonly exaggerated for convenient wielding by the thick skinned weak of mind signals corps. So wtf should I be blasted by some self righteous twat that has nothing to be righteous about, for the outrageous "generalisation" that farangs think different to Thais, are educated differently in a different culture and environment with different values and brought up to think with a different mindset about both practical and abstract matters, so that farang x is likely to make different choices to Thai y in the matter of z, and the more complex z the more they will vary, while importantly, x's choice is likely to be more suited to conditions? Are we in danger of flash floods from melting snowflakes?

    That was good, feel so much better now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I hope your next shit's a hedgehog.
    So do i, they are getting quite rare sadly.

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    Like all hedgehogs nowadays it was as flat as a pancake.

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