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How not to panhandle in Garema Place (or anywhere else).

By JessP - 9 April 2012 22

Had the unfortunate pleasure of being approached by a bourbon and coke carrying drunk member of the panhandling community this afternoon in Garema Place looking for cash.

When I declined with a sorry no and continued walking he started throwing abuse in a LOUD voice (along the lines of ‘you f*&*&*g   b%$#h c!@t  etc). He continued this loud abuse for 30 or so seconds and then approached the next group of people walking through Garema – with a similar outcome.

If you want to panhandle:

1. Dont hold a can of Jimmy and Coke whilst doing it

2. Dont abuse the person who declines, just move onto your next victim.

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
How not to panhandle in Garema Place (or anywhere else).
Darkfalz 11:31 pm 09 Apr 12

Depending on how safe I feel “I only carry notes” gets a puzzled reaction from some, but it’s usually just a shake of the head and a sorry mate. I seem to get pan handled the most near the casino coming home from night shift, not sure why but there’s always some bludger or two in the area early in the morning. I said “sorry, I don’t carry cash” and kept walking with one guy and he kept droning on in a a monotone bogan strine “no need to apologise mate you’re well within your rights to say no and…” as I kept on moving. Just as I was getting out of earshot the next person walked past and got asked for money. What shits me the most is we have one of the most generous welfare systems in the world, which costs us all a bucketload in taxes, and these people still have the nerve to ask people for money.

TP 3000 10:10 pm 09 Apr 12

I never give these guys or girls anything as I know they hang around the bus stations all day asking for money & they pick up a few suckers.

Anyway, JessP what time did this incident occur? I ask this question as 5pm this evening, I spotted a Police van heading towards Garema Place through via the City Bus Station. What caught my eye with this is that the van fitted in between the bollards between the road & pedestrian walkway.

GardeningGirl 8:38 pm 09 Apr 12

To the politicians who want to encourage a livelier city centre or encourage more use of public transport, pay attention to stories like this. Outside the mall (yes, the big bad soulless mall) there’s great potential but there’s problems that need attention. (Btw I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I was in the vicinity of the Sydney Building today, what a horrible run-down welcome to the city centre it must be for tourists arriving up Northbourne Avenue.)

Jethro 8:17 pm 09 Apr 12

pptvb said :

Hahahaha… I had a similar experience in Darling Harbour. A one armed beggar who gave me a MASSIVE gobful because I didn’t hand over any “spare” change.
So, I turned and said ” give me a clap & I’ll give you a dollar!”
This really set him off!
I will usually give a few dollars, if I have it, but I don’t expect abuse if I don’t.

I always find making fun of people’s disabilities to be a rewarding experience.

molongloid 8:04 pm 09 Apr 12

Bloke swigging a long neck of Melbourne Bitter while selling The Big Issue at Dickson shops today. doesn’t really jibe with http://www.bigissue.org.au/the-vendors/meet-our-vendors/

c_c 7:13 pm 09 Apr 12

There’s some simply ways to avoid even been approached. The funny thing is while most beggars take the hint, the chuggers don’t.

If you in the first instance swear or act belligerently, then you’re a tool who’s asking for trouble.

I’ve never found anything more than a “Sorry, No” required.

G.R.R 7:11 pm 09 Apr 12

I remember waiting for a bus and a guy asked me for some change to buy some bread. Gave him $5, he was stoked and exclaimed, ‘Im going to grab a beer as well!’

Geez it made me laugh!

Tetranitrate 7:02 pm 09 Apr 12

milkman said :

I had one of the crack-whores who used to frequent Garema Pl ask me for money once when I was on my way to a shop, then the same crack-whore gives me a different story on the way back 10 minutes later. I thanked here for the entertainment value, but suggested that if she was trying to con people that she should have a more solid and consistent story.

Yeah that reminds me of the guy who says ‘my girlfriend was just in a car accident, I need $20 to get a cab to go see her’.
He’s been using the same story for at least 5 years.
(must be one unlucky girlfriend…)

Thumper 6:56 pm 09 Apr 12

I usually find a succinct ‘fuck off’, said with intent, works.

If not, then a less than succinct, ‘I said fuck off’ usually works.

milkman 6:26 pm 09 Apr 12

I had one of the crack-whores who used to frequent Garema Pl ask me for money once when I was on my way to a shop, then the same crack-whore gives me a different story on the way back 10 minutes later. I thanked here for the entertainment value, but suggested that if she was trying to con people that she should have a more solid and consistent story.

arescarti42 5:44 pm 09 Apr 12

See what you should have done was called the police general inquiry number and informed them that there was a visibly intoxicated and potentially violent person verbally abusing people in Garema Place.

Alderney 5:34 pm 09 Apr 12

I think your being a little harsh.

He probably just wanted you to give him the bus fare home so he didn’t have to drive, given his condition and all.

I really don’t think he would have used any donations on buying more grog. Surely not…:-O

pptvb 4:36 pm 09 Apr 12

Hahahaha… I had a similar experience in Darling Harbour. A one armed beggar who gave me a MASSIVE gobful because I didn’t hand over any “spare” change.
So, I turned and said ” give me a clap & I’ll give you a dollar!”
This really set him off!
I will usually give a few dollars, if I have it, but I don’t expect abuse if I don’t.

trevar 3:53 pm 09 Apr 12

This post is providing an excellent service to the panhandling community. It makes me wonder just how many RiotACTors fit into this demographic…

greyswandir 3:45 pm 09 Apr 12

reminds me of the exciting experience i had when I apologised to a man on a bike for not moving over on the path when he brushed past me, only to have him scream abuse at me until he’d ridden away. good times.

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