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  1. Venkatachari M profile image84
    Venkatachari Mposted 6 months ago

    I went this article just now and found it to be an enlightening topic. It is a common issue encountered by us all in our daily lives.

    Here is the link to the article. … occupation

    1. tsmog profile image84
      tsmogposted 6 months agoin reply to this

      Interesting. One perspective. As the ending of the article states; "You be the judge". I will be the judge.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image84
        Venkatachari Mposted 6 months agoin reply to this

        I posted my opinion already in a question format at

        1. Venkatachari M profile image84
          Venkatachari Mposted 6 months agoin reply to this

          It is good to see that this thread had been got changed into a Social Issues topic

          1. Castlepaloma profile image75
            Castlepalomaposted 6 months agoin reply to this

            It's both

    2. Miebakagh57 profile image69
      Miebakagh57posted 6 months agoin reply to this

      I read the stuff with open mind, not because it's an interesting topic. But because it's a social question that balffled mankind for decades.                                   Beggars are very poor people. As the writer of the article had noted, the First Amendment, made provision for the panhanllers. So are the  Constitutions of other countries.                                  Critically, the  Great Depression, affect other continents- Africa Asia, and Europe. But before those days, people are bound to beg, because their either poor or unable to work due to their state of mind. It can be a mental defect not caused by drug, but poor health.                                       Interestly, here in my part of the world, I've seen 3 lawyers lost they health of mind and turn beggars.

      1. theraggededge profile image96
        theraggededgeposted 6 months agoin reply to this

        In the UK, there are professional beggars. They are often dropped off in town centres by a mini-bus in the morning. Some drive Mercedes and leave them parked a street away.

        Then again, we also have homeless ex-military men who have zero support from the country they served and the government should hang its head in shame as it puts illegal migrants in 4* hotels while ex-soldiers and teenagers shiver on the streets.

        1. Miebakagh57 profile image69
          Miebakagh57posted 6 months agoin reply to this

          Bev, 'In the UK'? I can hardly beleve it.                          Is not Great Britain and Northern Ireland technologically advanced?                                       Don't those that hold power think (twice) that they're denting the image of the Nation-State? The United Kingdom to allow its ex-military personnels to rot in the streets, is unthinkable.                                   The UK that initiated the training, equiping, and ethnics of the Nigerian military never leave such a bad example. Here in Nigeria, every ex-service men, are on a military pension, and are well taken care of, even by deploy such as security to government establishments, in the name of Nigeria Legion.                                 But in the Shehu Shagari government years, many orphane-turned-beggars in the north of Nigeria, were transported in lorries, and dumped in the Southern Christian states. The Southern Governors responded by re-transporting the panhandles back to the North.

          1. Nathanville profile image92
            Nathanvilleposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            There is some truth in what Bev says, but perhaps a little embellished.  Homelessness in Britain has reached record heights in recent years, partly due to subtle changes in government policies under 12 years of Conservative rule; but it’s not as bad as in the USA e.g. we don’t have the ghettos in Britain.

            All too often the main reasons for becoming homeless in Britain (and no doubt a common problem worldwide) includes, but not exclusive to, drink and drugs, domestic abuse from a partner/spouse, homophobic parents chucking their gay teenager out, people not being able to cope with the responsibilities of holding down a job and paying their domestic bills etc. – and all too often those people in need (who could get help) not seeking free help and advice (out of ignorance or lack of thought) and just slipping into a downward spiral of life on the streets.

            Although for those who have a gift for begging, they can make good money on the streets begging – as this first video clip shows:-

            •    Homeless Man Earns £40 an Hour Begging on the Street

            •    Homeless documentary: a week on the streets

            As regarding war veterans, in the UK there is free government support for veterans and their families, including a helpline, Veterans Welfare Service, Defence Transition Services and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments; and veterans may be given priority support for social housing (council housing); likewise, in the UK pregnant women, families with dependent children, and people homeless as a result of being a victim of domestic abuse are given priority housing by the government (local government) – Whether they (those in need) seek that free help and advice or not is another matter!

            1. Miebakagh57 profile image69
              Miebakagh57posted 5 months agoin reply to this

              Thank you, Arthur. Your post is a complement. It make the issue balanced.

    3. Castlepaloma profile image75
      Castlepalomaposted 6 months agoin reply to this

      Did studied homelessness every where in North America about 15 years ago. The time Same I started building tiny houses and urban farming. Sold 8 tiny houses and own two.. Only things holding me from buildings homeless tiny house communities is the corrupted Government on all levels. Poverty is greatest killer of all. And being homeless in Canada for long enough, cuts a person life expectancy in half. And holds a death grip of a fourth world health condition.  I've only been able to pull a few people from falling through the cracks of homelessness..
      Most people could easily become homeless  when your barely making ends meet.

  2. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
    PaulGoodman67posted 6 months ago

    "New occupation"?

    Surely, people have been begging for thousands of years?

    If it's a discussion of the topic rather than the writing, this thread should be in another category. I've requested HP move it to social issues.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image84
      Venkatachari Mposted 6 months agoin reply to this

      I posted this thread with the link to the article as a piece of community news so that others can view it and comment on the article. But it got deviated into a social issue topic.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image84
        Venkatachari Mposted 6 months agoin reply to this

        And, that's why I put my opinion on the concerned network itself.

      2. Brenda Arledge profile image80
        Brenda Arledgeposted 6 months agoin reply to this

        I did post on the article but quite honestly i dont like doing that because the author doesn't get notifications.
        They do here...if they see it and follow it.

      3. Miebakagh57 profile image69
        Miebakagh57posted 6 months agoin reply to this

        The deviation is aptly welcome because begging, is a social question.

  3. janshares profile image93
    jansharesposted 6 months ago

    Thanks for posting, Venkatachari. I read the article and left a comment. As someone who has been feeding the homeless for 30 years at my church, I had a lot to say. I found the author's tone critical and lacking true compassion. Anyway, to each his own.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image84
      Venkatachari Mposted 6 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, the tone was a bit satirical. I felt it too. I try to help the really deserving people with whatever I can offer them.

  4. Brenda Arledge profile image80
    Brenda Arledgeposted 6 months ago

    Our little town puts a stop to these people.  The police offers them a ride to community action to see if they can be of assistance...if they refuse they are asked to leave.

    As for nearby towns, I see them all the time.
    Sadly...some of them make more money doing this thsn actually working at a job.

    As for that violin...i really don't blame the person for holding on to it.  It might be the key to getting the family back on their feet.  Alot of clubs welcome people to play for tips.

    I personally have helped but I have also refused to help.  I will take some one to a restaurant or grocery store...but I will not hand them money.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image84
      Venkatachari Mposted 6 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is both ways. The true beggars and the somewhat businesslike ones.
      But, sometimes, I contribute some nominal donations to childhelp organizations, etc. Some small alms to the street beggars as well those sitting at temple entrances also.
      It gives me a satisfaction that I am able to "contribute to the moon's light by offering a white thread" as our saying goes.


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