Have you been fooled by beggars?

Have you been fooled by beggars?
I am not for giving alms to beggars not even the maimed as I have heard stories of how those in charge of these beggars main them on purpose. It is sad to see even children being maimed for this purpose. When a beggar comes to our gate I give them a piece of my mind. I encourage them to take up work and those maimed I tell them there are shelters where they are cared for. If everyone adopted this approach i am sure begging would be history, the world over.

But this beggar took me for a ride. I was waiting for the green traffic signal when a woman beggar came rushing to me and pointed out to something that she said was her dead husband and that she was collecting money to cremate him. I did not ask any further questions but took out some money and gave it to her. I saw others adding to her kitty. A few days later i was at another traffic signal and the same woman came rushing to me. She didnot recognise me and repeated the story pointing to a heap that was supposed to be her dead husnand. No doubt I chased her away but marvelled at her ‘bright idea’ to fool the public.

Begging is strictly prohibited in our country but we do come across stray cases such as this where one just cannot ignore the ‘plight’ that is displayed. A smart beggar is capable of collecting a lot of dough and this was revealed when there was this beggar under a tree who apparently had died of a heart attack. There was a cloth bundle next to him and there the Police counted heaps of money that would have been difficult to earn if he had a job to do.

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I'm sure I have been fooled once or twice before, I just have the need to give because I can't imagine what is like to live on the street, maybe they have money but what if they don't? what if they really got nothing to eat? I especially sensitive for children beggars, they just break my heart. My boyfriend always tell they probably make more money than you on a day but I just a have a soft heart for them, I can't stand seeing children asking for food or money because it literally make me want to cry and give them all the money I have.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 11-04-2017
I've seen news segments where SOME people have pretended to be 'in need' but are perfectly capable of getting a job or taking care of themselves. The whole thing is an act, a hustle to fool hardworking folks out of their money. I don't let that stop me from giving though. I just take a hard look at the individual asking me for money, and use my better judgement to decide if they're legitimately 'in need of' or not.
Posted by NickJ on 11-04-2017
I've seen a lot of news stories and videos where people have been fooled by beggars. I'm not sure if it is just a planned video or actually legitimate but there was one based in India where a guy stopped his bike to give a beggar some money but when he got off, someone stole his bike and then the beggar got up and stole his wallet and ran off. I've also seen several new stories about beggars that are collecting money throughout the day in the richer areas and then driving home in their brand new cars. It's disgusting really
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-05-2017
Yes I've been encountered many beggars in my life. And I can say that making money just to pleasing people is like a scam. Not all beggars is homeless and poor. In my country (Philippines), beggars is one of source of money and you can make a good profit by pleasing other people for money.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-05-2017
I figure if they are out on the street begging then they must need the money. I give to them if I can. It may only be some change but it all adds up for them. I will not go broke by helping them out so I do what I can. If they tell me they are hungry then I will take them to a restaurant and buy them a meal. I may have been fooled but I feel good to give and if I can help another who is less fortunate then I will do that. What they choose to do with the money is up to them.
Posted by Sue on 11-05-2017
Stories like this have kept good people from helping one another because some people want to others for a ride.And the annoying thing is that with all the money they gather, they can't get off the street because they're enjoying the effortless way of getting money without working.But I always tell myself this shouldn't deter me from helping anyone in need because we might not know who really need help.
Posted by lovely on 11-05-2017
Plenty of times. And that has made me not to donate on streets. The reason being now they seem to be having some beggars lobby. And also some of them have bank accounts. They save a lot of money in their bank account. And it can give them really good amount. So that being said, it is possible to see that being beggars are going to continue what they can. And not something we can change about it.
Posted by overcast on 11-05-2017
We don't tend to have too many beggars in our country. Most of the ones you see either have drug or alcohol problems or mental health issues. I don't usually give money to beggars as I am not very well off myself. Usually if they ask me for money I tell them I don't have any on me because usually I don't. I had some food with me the other day and I thought about giving a man one of my items..but the person I was with give him a candy bar.
Posted by kgord on 11-05-2017
I have not really been fooled by beggars, but if God has blessed you well just keep on helping the poor , whether they fool you or not, a time is coming when everyone will reap his or her reward whether good or bad.
Posted by babyright on 11-05-2017
I had been fooled a few times by beggars, gave them money, instead of Buying food, they bought cigarettes! Some of them even had transportation to pick them up after work!
Posted by peachpurple on 11-05-2017
I've only been fooled once by them in my entire life, and it wasn't really being fooled but more a thing of being in danger. I was alone and four of them pretty much surrounded me at night asking for money and saying they were poor and they needed to buy something. I gave them the money because I didn't want any trouble, but since that day I'll avoid giving anything to any of them. I really don't like them.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-05-2017
I have been fooled by one specific beggar and ever since I stopped giving money to beggars. That person was complaining that he hadn't had food for some days and he was sick and he even produced a medical certificate which was obviously fake. After some days my friend and I came across that person again and he was drunk. My friend then told me that this person was a drunkard and he begs only to buy alcohol.
Posted by Pixie on 11-05-2017
I have seen a lot like this and I wonder why it always about drunks and drugs addicts.There are the ones that want money more and they are always lazy as well.I have heard about. several beggars I know being either drunks or drugs addicts. I think they don't deserve any sympathy of our hard earned money.
Posted by lovely on 06-04-2018
There are many organized groups of beggars that aren't really in need, they are just gangs. I am scared of people attacking me asking me for money. They don't do it out of desperation, there are places where they can get help and a warm meal. I believe the state should take care of them and begging shouldn't be an option.
Posted by felabruno on 11-05-2017
usually, I don't give money to the beggars. I believe people beg because they are too lazy to work. There might be exceptions such being handicapped, or too old, or having some diseases. I do sometimes give money to beggars, especially begging children who are handicapped. I have once been fooled by begger. I gave this handicapped guy money. That evening when I entered a resturant I saw that begger drinking whiskey and eating chicken.
Posted by vinaya on 11-05-2017
I used to be a very charitable person until I saw this group of children disembarking from a van. The van's driver looked like a cop who controlled the child beggars. It was a syndicate. In another instance, I had learned that a woman begging on the street with a baby was only renting that baby to project a pitiful image. No more good guys now, I don't give to beggars anymore.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-06-2017
No (I mean, at least I don't think so... haha), because whenever I want to help, my first (and almost only option) is to buy food... So, if the person is lying to me, at least my money was spent on something useful (I never help giving money to them).
Posted by wiseagent on 11-06-2017
When I can afford it I give money or food to as many people in need as possible. I don't mind taking the change that they are tricking me, I'd rather help a few people who didn't really need it and a lot of people who do then help nobody.
Posted by anna on 11-06-2017
I was fooled for many times. I could understand and give to some disabled persons but to people who has still the body, I don't. It's hard to believe that even they are strong enough, they still become a beggar and still tricking everyone about their situation.
Posted by Norman1 on 11-07-2017
Some of them are run by gangs where they their money to them. It is actually sad that some of them are taking advantage to the passers by. They can actually work like what people do but instead they the easy money.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 11-17-2018
I don't think that I was fooled like that before. I don't always give out to beggars because some of them are plain scammers. Many of them fake their illness or something else to abuse the sympathy of other people. But if I truly see somebody that doesn't just sit there and pretends, then I give a bit of money. My favorite people to "donate" to are the really nice street musicians that are struggling to live through the day.
Posted by Mehano on 11-07-2017
Yes, it happens many times a year to me. I think that after a while I am fairly good at telling the ones who really need money from those who are only in it for the spoils but I get fooled occasionally still
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-07-2017
I always tell people that money is not the issue with most of the beggars we have on the street. I mean that if it is all about money, they ought to have made enough to start up a business somewhere around where they stay. So, this is the reason I give more to orphanage homes instead of beggars on the streets.
Posted by Barida on 11-08-2017
A lot of times. When I was in college I passed under a bridge where I saw a dirty man asking every people for their change. He said he came from a remote province and was promised a work in a construction site but was abandoned by the contractor. He said has been roaming for over a week and can't go back to his province due to lack of money. Without hesitation, I reached out for my purse and handed over a 20 pesos bill which was a lot of money for a working student like me. Eventually, I learned that the poor man was actually a local and has been doing the same very scheme all the time. What a drag!
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 11-08-2017
I can't say that a time ever sticks out to me that I may have been fooled by a beggar. I'm not really one to give out money to people who have signs necessarily, but I'm more than happy to buy them a meal or something to drink if that's the case. That way I know exactly where my money is going and being used for as opposed to just handing them some bills.
Posted by TheArticulate on 11-09-2017
I would not say that I have been necessarily fooled by a beggar, but I often do feel a bit odd giving handouts to the young guys who seem totally healthy and able to work a job. I had a friend in New York who told me that some of these guys make hundreds of bucks a day, and I know I do not make that much money from my teaching! You can always tell when one comes up with a bit of an unorthodox or obviously fabricated story. Some of them can really spin a wild tale, and although I want to give people the benefit of the doubt, I can smell a liar a mile away. That being said, sometimes I will just give them a little change just to pay them to shut up, lol.
Posted by JoeMilford on 11-12-2017
Yes I have been fooled! I was with a old girlfriend once and this guy looked so dirt poor and he had a will work for food sign and I gave him $5. And then he got up and walked over to a brand new Cadillac and got in a drove off. I never give beggars money after that, I offer to buy them food and they usually say no thanks. Because they want to buy something other than food with the money.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 11-15-2017
I have never been fooled by beggars. Most beggars have shown me their true colors. Some people I give alms to and they graciously thank me, no matter how small the amount. Other beggars have actually had the nerve to tell me that they couldn't do anything with the amount of money I was “trying” to give them. They needed more! At which point I walk away and leave them where they stand. No. Beggars have never fooled me.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-16-2017
I have been fooled by a beggar once. One day, when I'm going to a mall, I saw a beggar who really looks awful, weak and malnourished so I gave him $2 worth of our money and after hour later when I go back on that same route since I'm going home, I saw the beggar who's talking on his (I think it's 5.5") smartphone with a cigarette on his hand and feel alive and energize since he's laughing while talking to whoever it was. I guess he's on a break so he's chilling out and de-stressing before he goes back to his work. What a life.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-15-2018
We also have here that kind of beggar who begs for money to buy cigarettes or alcoholic drinks. But now it is getting worse because I have been hearing of beggars who are begging so they can buy illegal drugs. Isn’t that a scary situation? It looks like there are so many drug addicts here. And illegal drug is not cheap so they have to sell everything they have. And when they have nothing then it is time to beg.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-08-2018
I don't think I've been fooled by a beggar. I either give a little sum or food and I only give to older people and children who are obviously unfit to work. I often walk away or ignore beggars who have the never to dictate and ask for an exact sum of money. In some cases, either the beggar or his/her cohorts will snatch the giver's purse. It's not safe at all. However, I wouldn't generalize and simply stop giving alms to people who actually need them. As a Christian, I am my brother's keeper and I'll do my best to help and share my blessings.
Posted by chatbox on 05-18-2018
Honestly, I'm pretty sure I have been, but as long as I don't notice then I'm ok. The problem is when I do know they're trying to fool me, because more than cheated I feel disappointed on them, and also with people in general. Why do I have to take advantage on someone to feel superior or better? That's selfish and disrespectful. Eventually, what you do or give is what you get back, so believe me, those people are and will remain being beggars, because there's no way they move forward by taking advantage on others.
Posted by ballyhara on 06-20-2018
Yeah, I have been fooled by a beggar, I have also been threatened by a beggar a couple of times, LOL. Well, I live in India and unfortunately, there is still a lot of poverty and destitution in my country. There are genuine people who really need help and beg out of there desperation. On the other hand, there are some beggars who do it like a sort of profession. They have gangs and they often use small children and women to fool you and extract money from you
Posted by jpk0007 on 11-02-2018
I was fooled by someone already but she was not a beggar. She was an old lady pretending to be my mother's friend but she looked so old. I do have respect to elders so I talked to her since she was grabbing my arms. I just can't believe she fooled me and snatch my wallet.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-08-2018
In our country, yes there are lots for beggars who deceive people. Many of them would ask for money to buy some food and some would even tell you that a member of their family is sick and needs some financial help but it's not the truth... not really for those reasons but some would even use the money to sustain their vices. Some even use the money for drugs.
Posted by jessie271 on 12-16-2018