Council tells people not to give to beggars


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Jun 27, 2016
"A council has asked people to stop giving money to street beggars because most of them are on benefits and actually have homes.

Preston City Council said that Good Samaritans are ‘actually sustaining a begging culture’ and that many people asking for money are ‘not sleeping rough, but are choosing to beg.’

They are also warning that ‘professional beggars’ in the city could be given warning notices, end up in court and handed fines.

Councillor Robert Boswell said: ‘While there are complex issues at play, it has become evident that a high percentage of the people begging in Preston are not rough sleeping, but are choosing to beg.

‘Preston is a compassionate and friendly city, so it’s understandable why people are trying to help those who are begging. Unfortunately, this is actually sustaining a begging culture.

‘We have to try to break the cycle by encouraging those people who choose to beg to get help and turn their lives around.’

‘Many of the beggars have dogs who all look nourished and well cared for which sometimes makes me suspicious.’

Instead, the council want people to donate to a new scheme so that handouts can be given to those genuinely in need."


Do you give money to beggars?


I don't. I've had two extremely negative experiences with beggars/panhandlers, so they can rot for all I care. The first was when I was in college, a guy would often be hanging around outside begging for cash. He started following my friends and I when we left, making some rather disgusting comments. This continued for a week or so until we had a male friend (who was a rugby player for the college team) escort us. Apparently a stocky 6'6 guy with arms like tree trunks was enough to give the beggar the hint.

The second time, I tossed some change into a beggar's hat, mostly out of pity for the dog that was laid beside him. It wasn't much, just the loose change I had at the time. His response was something along the lines of 'oi that's not enough fer a pint ya cheap bitch'

So, yeah. Screw 'em.


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Jul 4, 2016
Begging, in the sense that you actually sit in spot for hours begging money, is a new phenomenon for Finland. Most beggars come from East European countries that have recently joined EU, mainly Romania and Bulgaria. It's incredible that people travel thousands of kilometers to spend summer in Finland (or other Nordics) begging.
Helsinki has for years advised to not give money to beggars.
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