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Street Begging?

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Asked at 2010.01.10 21:24:54
I have just come back from shopping with a friend. Out side one of the shops in the main street there was a Portuguese woman dancing about, playing a small keyboard and shoving a tin at people asking for money. She was so brazen. Her friend was selling the Big Issue further up the street.
We are a small fishing town of about 10,000 pop. and begging has never been seen here before.
When she approached us with her tin, I told her if she came to this country she should have come to work, not to beg in the street, to which i got a load of abuse.
I couldn't stop myself I was so angry at the cheek of her.
Was I right or should I have kept my mouth shut? I find it hard to when something irks me so much.
answer izo  Answered at 2010.01.10 21:24:54
hi Hun,

well when I first got to Portugal, I used to feel sorry for the 'gypsy' beggars.. I used to try and give them stuff, especially the ones with kids lying in their arms...

..I lived there for years (as you know) it didn't take long to discover these begging 'Gypsy's' had more.. a lot more.. money than me... I stood and watched as the 'husband' (?) turned up a very lovely merc, the woman got up and took her 'dirty' clothes ... and lo and behold they where both dripping in bloody gold, and where very well dressed.. I never gave them anything again, oh and the Portuguese I know always said that they weren't Portuguese (Moroccans/ Romanian mainly) ... and the kids where the ones that I felt for as it was commonly known they sedated the hell out of them to make them lie there asleep in their arms all day and all night...

Do we want this 'culture' in this country??? lol!!! well I don't.. so good on you!!! nah you can guarantee that the 'begging' isn't their only source of income either..

great question xx

edit... the people who disagree are obviously the ones who don't live with this problem (...and if they do, what do they do?? give to all? or walk on by?or what?)


Kamran??? what is your answer about??? what exactly should Elsie be grateful for???
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