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Civic: more beggars and junkies than usual?

By PantsMan - 22 January 2013 61

Over the last few weeks I seem to have had more beggars approaching me in Civic wanting money.

Also, there have appeared to be a lot more syringes and empty methadone containers in North Canberra.

Has anyone else noticed more of these adornments to this fine city of late, and can explain why?

What’s Your opinion?


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61 Responses to
Civic: more beggars and junkies than usual?
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zorro29 10:27 am
22 Jan 13
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My theory is that the heat is making everyone more belligerant and reducing the amount of space they occupy…

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G-Fresh 10:30 am
22 Jan 13
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It’s all those poorly finished roadworks that’s sending the weak to drugs

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johnboy 10:31 am
22 Jan 13
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Sunday night some bloke in Dickson asked me for some money for the bus.

Bumped into him in the grog shop 3 minutes later.

Oh well, hope he enjoyed it.

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460cixy 10:37 am
22 Jan 13
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Does anyone actually give these people money? As. Jb said. His beggar was spotted in the botlo later on

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shirty_bear 11:11 am
22 Jan 13
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Sheltered life I lead … wouldn’t know an empty methadone container if I tripped over one. Unless there’s some sort of clue, like “methadone” in large red letters.

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richiedt 11:21 am
22 Jan 13
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If you’re regularly approached by beggars, why not have a spare bus ticket handy (probably not in your wallet though)if they say they need bus fare which is quite common. You might also be able to or grab a food voucher from a local takeaway – or drop into somewhere nearby and buy them some lunch / dinner etc.

I’ve also had the same experience where I’ve given “beggars” money and then seen them down the pub / bottle-o not long after. Accordingly, I don’t give out cash anymore but will happily duck into a nearby take away and grab them a feed. If they were after cash for some grog they’ll soon either admit that or find some excuse not to take up your offer.

It might also be useful to have the number for Mission Australia or a similar group handy – you might find they can actually come and help them out. That could make a huge difference in their life by one simple, charitable act.

Just remember, if they’re genuine, these people could be one meal away from becoming really sick and you could, by one simple and inexpensive act be there saviour!

Just make sure you don’t place yourself if any danger while you’re helping out.

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Tetranitrate 11:25 am
22 Jan 13
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The traffic light windscreen washer junkies on Northborne have gotten much more aggressive lately too, and won’t take no for an answer. If I shake my head that should be it, but they just start at it anyway.
I don’t understand why the government allows this rubbish to continue – it’s not providing a service, it’s just another form of begging with a pinch of intimidation. It also makes the city look like a ghetto.

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Rollersk8r 11:26 am
22 Jan 13
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The pre-Christmas chuggers in Civic were much worse than any beggars I’ve noticed lately…

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Tetranitrate 11:30 am
22 Jan 13
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There’s was a particular junkie whose story was that his girlfriend was in a car accident and he needs $20 to get to the hospital to see her. He was using that for like 5 years, and also used to wander onto ANU. I haven’t seen him around that much lately, though I’m not in the city that much either now.

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DrKoresh 11:45 am
22 Jan 13
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I don’t mind giving a couple of bucks to someone who’s down-and-out. I don’t care if they want to spend it on booze, food or accommodation. I don’t give money to the ones who try and intimidate you into giving up shrapnel, but as long as they’re polite, or at lease, not aggressive i’m more than happy to hand over any shrapnel in my pocket.

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PantsMan 11:57 am
22 Jan 13
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Tetranitrate said :

The traffic light windscreen washer junkies on Northborne have gotten much more aggressive lately too, and won’t take no for an answer. If I shake my head that should be it, but they just start at it anyway.
I don’t understand why the government allows this rubbish to continue – it’s not providing a service, it’s just another form of begging with a pinch of intimidation. It also makes the city look like a ghetto.

There appears no law against begging in the ACT.

And the ACT has a specific exemption to the Australian Road Rules to allow you to conduct a business on a road just to facilitate the windscreen washers on Northbourne: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_reg/rtatmr2000503/s22a.html

More bright ideas from the ACT Government.

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JazzyJess 12:06 pm
22 Jan 13
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DrKoresh said :

I don’t mind giving a couple of bucks to someone who’s down-and-out. I don’t care if they want to spend it on booze, food or accommodation. I don’t give money to the ones who try and intimidate you into giving up shrapnel, but as long as they’re polite, or at lease, not aggressive i’m more than happy to hand over any shrapnel in my pocket.

Agreed. Once I’ve handed over my change it’s no longer up to me what it’s used for.

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schmeah 12:19 pm
22 Jan 13
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Tetranitrate said :

The traffic light windscreen washer junkies on Northborne have gotten much more aggressive lately too, and won’t take no for an answer. If I shake my head that should be it, but they just start at it anyway.
I don’t understand why the government allows this rubbish to continue – it’s not providing a service, it’s just another form of begging with a pinch of intimidation. It also makes the city look like a ghetto.

I find that the windscreen scrubs also deliberatly target lone women in cars. I only say this because I can’t count the number of times I’ve been a sole occupant where the scrubber has come up and continued washing my car when I’ve energetically tried to wave him away .. I’ve also happened to notice them walk past cars with male occupants.

On another note, some years ago I was travelling overseas and saw a begger on the street with a sign that translated read “Not going to lie. Need money for beer”

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carnardly 12:28 pm
22 Jan 13
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I’ve got hit by the “can i have some money to buy some food” many a time. Often I reach into my bag and pull out an apple to give them that. 9 times out of 10 I get a “eff off Boitch” response.

I guess they’re not really THAT hungry then….

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Tetranitrate 12:28 pm
22 Jan 13
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PantsMan said :

Tetranitrate said :

The traffic light windscreen washer junkies on Northborne have gotten much more aggressive lately too, and won’t take no for an answer. If I shake my head that should be it, but they just start at it anyway.
I don’t understand why the government allows this rubbish to continue – it’s not providing a service, it’s just another form of begging with a pinch of intimidation. It also makes the city look like a ghetto.

There appears no law against begging in the ACT.

And the ACT has a specific exemption to the Australian Road Rules to allow you to conduct a business on a road just to facilitate the windscreen washers on Northbourne: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_reg/rtatmr2000503/s22a.html

More bright ideas from the ACT Government.

Yeah I didn’t think that begging was illegal or anything – but was making the point that it really isn’t a business transaction in the normal sense, it’s just another flavor of begging. Very surprised at that law being there specifically to enable this rubbish.

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