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Civic Beggars

By phototext - 17 September 2008 48

Anyone else getting jack of some of the Civic Beggars ?

ipods, mobile phones and good clothes…. real hard up.

Some of them are just scrounging scammers.

I’m sick of getting abused and intimidated by the same few a-holes for not giving them money but tonight two of them where well out of order.

One of the regulars, had good clothes on, a mobile phone and three shopping bags from Myers etc. She must have forgotten to put on her “Beggars outfit”.  Her and one of the guys where begging off people, they targeted a teenage girl and when she wouldn’t or possibly couldn’t, give them any money, started yelling abuse at her, effin this and effin that. Very nasty stuff. The poor girl was very scared and upset.

There are some genuinely hard up people in Canberra, but there is a crew who work Civic who are leaches.

I’m sure I’m not the only one sick of them.

What’s Your opinion?


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48 Responses to
Civic Beggars
la mente torbida 1:38 pm 17 Sep 08

I think it was a Will Anderson gag/story:

Beggar: “Hey bud, can you spare me a couple of bucks for a sandwich?”

Will: “And what sort of sandwich would that be?”

Beggar(caught off guard): “Er, um,…….a heroin sandwich”

Xanthomyza 1:18 pm 17 Sep 08

a mate of mine said if someone asks you for change, tell them that change comes from within.

Piratemonkey 12:06 pm 17 Sep 08

It is always the same ones so they get nothing more then a f off from me. The welfare in this country is more then adequate. The only one in the last few years to win any cash off me was a bloke at a train station in sydney:

Homeless dude: Good afternoon lovely young europeans (to my girlfriend and I)

Me: Ah hi (shocked by his interesting tone)

Homeless dude: Now i could tell you some rubbish story about needing a train ticket or lunch but the truth of the matter is me and my friends here are alcoholics and would love a drink to drown our sorrows if you could spare any change that would be most kind.

I had nothing smaller so i gave him a 20 and laughed all the way to bondi junction at his most honest approach.

VicePope 11:54 am 17 Sep 08

TylersMayhem – I responded to one recently in terms suggesting that he should depart my presence immediately, in a copulatory sense. I may also have described him as “chugging backpacker scum”. I certainly said I would prefer to spend my discretionary charity dollars on real causes, rather than on funding English backpackers.

tylersmayhem 11:48 am 17 Sep 08

…and don’t get me started on Charity Muggers again!

Jazz 11:41 am 17 Sep 08

My standard response to people asking me for spare change is that if i had change to spare i wouldnt need a job.

Whatsup 11:39 am 17 Sep 08

I was approached by a beggar in Melbourne once at the train station. The bloke claimed that he needed $20 to pay for a country train ticket to get home. I had the time so offered to accompany him to the ticket box and purchase the ticket for him. It wasn’t really a surprise when he declined my offer and requested the cash. I wasn’t willing to contribute to his next hit. I saw him several more times, he remembered me and didn’t come near me again.

S4anta 11:38 am 17 Sep 08

Ever tried asking abeggar if they accept mastercard?

VicePope 11:37 am 17 Sep 08

As with many things, I have found a ferocious appearance helps. Getting between one of these opportunistic mendicants and a vulnerable target is a particular delight.

On the other hand, the Big Issue folk are always ok.

tylersmayhem 11:28 am 17 Sep 08

when some beggar would hassle me for smokes i’d give him a herbal one on the sly – the look on their face after that first drag – priceless!!!

Brilliant!

Loquaciousness 10:57 am 17 Sep 08

Mish_Mash said :

and for the record, i never mind helping people who actually need it. if someone actually took me up on my offer of buying them lunch i would. but these people are scum who want everything for free. if i have to work for my change you aint getting it buddy!

+1. Must try that tactic next time 🙂

L

Duke 10:57 am 17 Sep 08

When i smoked cigarettes a few years back lighting up in the civic bus interchange of a morning was always risky because within minutes some kid in smackie trackies would be in my face asking to ‘bludge a dart of yer mate?!’

Then i began to keep a pack of herbal cigarettes in my bag (you think regular cigarettes are awful, the herbal ones are catastrophic!) so when some beggar would hassle me for smokes i’d give him a herbal one on the sly – the look on their face after that first drag – priceless!!!

Mish_Mash 10:52 am 17 Sep 08

i always like the response when i offer to buy them what they want instead of giving them the cash. ie, “spare some change for the bus?” “sure! come over to the news-agency and i’ll buy you the bus ticket” or “spare some change for lunch?” “sure! come with me and i’ll buy you a sandwich”.

Ive offered when people ask but yet nobody wants to take me up on the offer? strange… hahaha

and yes @ phototext, ipods and mobile phones draw the line for me. perhaps you should tell them to call someone who cares from the phone. or just start screaming “RAPE” really loudly and see how they re-act. 🙂

and for the record, i never mind helping people who actually need it. if someone actually took me up on my offer of buying them lunch i would. but these people are scum who want everything for free. if i have to work for my change you aint getting it buddy!

DawnDrifter 10:40 am 17 Sep 08

Still remember when working in the city there used to be an old grey haired bloke that used to ask for 2-3 bucks for ‘lunch’.. then duck straight into the City T.A.B!!

Loquaciousness 10:12 am 17 Sep 08

Not sure if it’s the same mob or not, but back when I worked in Civic (just over a year ago now), the ‘regular’ mob had a baby that they’d share around between them. Whoever had the baby would beg for a few dollars for formula, or nappies whatever. It was never quite clear who’s child it actually was, and I have wondered since what happened to it. Don’t suppose anyone has seen them with a toddler recently?

Interestingly, after a few months of walking past them daily (and never giving them anything, I might add, because I’d been clued in about the baby scam and figured they didn’t deserve anything from me), they started to ignore me. They’d see me coming, start to approach, then realise I was a ‘local’ (for want of a better term) and pick a different target.

L

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