Kids these days… (what to do with the Civic panhandlers)

DrKoresh 29 May 2012 43

So as I walked past the new Macca’s at the city interchange on Saturday night, I was asked for “$2 for tha bus?” by a girl of 12 or 13. When I just said “no.” she responded with a string of expletives that was so unnecessary all I could do was laugh. That was apparently the wrong thing to do, because a little friend of hers, a boy who couldn’t have been older than 12 years of age all dressed up in his gangsta hoodie and ball-cap threated to fight me.

I kept walking at this point because who needs that kinda crap when they’re out for a night of fun? But it’s got me wondering, what’s the right thing to do in that situation? I mean, when actually scary people try and muscle me for money I’ll give them the 50 odd cents in my pocket so they’ll leave me alone but these were children, I wouldn’t even call them teens.

Have any of you had the pleasure of encountering these little s***s, or ones like them? What did/would you do? I almost regret not letting him take a swing at me and then punching him right in his vile little head, but then, I was headed to my mate’s 21st and I wasn’t sure how well the local constabulary would handle a grown-man punching a child (however much they were asking for it). That, and then there’s always the possibility of equally devo cousins, older brothers etc. seeking to even the score.


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aceofspades aceofspades 12:18 pm 31 May 12

EvanJames said :

aceofspades said :

I only wonder what ever happened to their pride.

They take their pride in fleecing people and tricking them.

What a cleverly thought out and conceived con. “Can I have $2 for tha bus?”. Obviously a scam so noteworthy it should have been included in “The Sting” or “Paper Moon”.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:57 am 31 May 12

aceofspades said :

I only wonder what ever happened to their pride.

They take their pride in fleecing people and tricking them.

carnardly carnardly 10:31 am 31 May 12

last time someone approached me for money for food – i pulled an apple out my bag and offered it to them. Then I got “Eff Off B**CH” in response. I guess they weren’t really that hungry….

aceofspades aceofspades 10:18 am 31 May 12

Buster said :

“why am i judging this person when all im going to do is probably spend the money on the same thing myself.”

I earnt the money and hence can spend it on whatever I please, I am not a behaving like a parasite on society. I only wonder what ever happened to their pride.

Buster Buster 10:07 am 31 May 12

One of the more prominent female interchange beggars asked me if i could spare any money last week whilst i was standing in line at mcdonalds. The really funny part was she had just bought herself a meal & was in the process of wolfing down a burger when she asked me. All i could say was “You have got to be kidding”. If i may offer a few bits of advice though, dont laugh at beggars, no one likes being laughed at, all it usually does is make the person being laughed at madder. Also be carefull with the suggestion to ignore the person/avoid eye contact. I suspect that this would only make you appear vulnerable/ weak and mark you out as a potential easy target to someone with a predatory nature. Finally, dont presume to know what someone would have spent there panhandling proceeds on. Next time a bum asks you for money & you presume its only going to get spent on alcohol/drugs, stop to ask yourself this “why am i judging this person when all im going to do is probably spend the money on the same thing myself.” Oops sorry, please forgive that last presumption, im sure the latte guzzling, chardonnay quaffing users of this forum dont engage in any illegal pastimes.

Life_in_the_Can Life_in_the_Can 6:53 am 31 May 12

What is it with 24hour McDonald’s outlets & Bus stops always attracting the dregs of humanity? I hate having to walk around this part of civic, it’s either the aggressive beggars or aggressive junkies who seem to have a ‘native title’ like claim on this area. Do they have immunity from Police? I have never seen them moved on or even hassled by the Police. Don’t worry, eventually they might get moved on, but it won’t be till innocent people are attacked physically or seriously harmed.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 11:05 pm 30 May 12

If you had fifteen minutes to spare and could just remember a little more than “Have you been born again? Do you that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light?”. They will either run the other way or change their ways….

gentoopenguin gentoopenguin 9:27 pm 30 May 12

Perhaps you should have rushed to the nearest Bunnings and brought a window squeegee and a bucket before gifting it to the mini-grifter along with directions to Northbourne. A modern day take on giving a man a loaf of bread and all that…

M0les M0les 9:05 pm 30 May 12

“Perdon, no hablo Inglés”

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:54 pm 30 May 12

maniac said :

Behaviour of this sort should never be tolerated in our community and I am surprised at the number of people who simply ignore it. This especially refers to the authorities. I was reading today about a 93 year-old woman who was beaten in her own bed and died of her injuries in the UK. It might not have been kids who did this, but one very sick adult. However, it is very easy to see the connection between anti-social behaviour as a child and the failure to respect people throughout their lives. Why let this type of behaviour happen and continue. Canberra is an elite city, yet we are forced to yield to the lowest common denominator and no one does anything about it. Why can’t we, as a community, stand up and say no to the disgusting behaviour of these people from when they are children. Don’t feel sorry for the children who behave like this, it is their choice and they know the difference between right and wrong. Anti-social children grow into anti-social adults, unless something is done to intervene.

Can’t somebody ELSE do it…?

maniac maniac 1:13 pm 30 May 12

Behaviour of this sort should never be tolerated in our community and I am surprised at the number of people who simply ignore it. This especially refers to the authorities. I was reading today about a 93 year-old woman who was beaten in her own bed and died of her injuries in the UK. It might not have been kids who did this, but one very sick adult. However, it is very easy to see the connection between anti-social behaviour as a child and the failure to respect people throughout their lives. Why let this type of behaviour happen and continue. Canberra is an elite city, yet we are forced to yield to the lowest common denominator and no one does anything about it. Why can’t we, as a community, stand up and say no to the disgusting behaviour of these people from when they are children. Don’t feel sorry for the children who behave like this, it is their choice and they know the difference between right and wrong. Anti-social children grow into anti-social adults, unless something is done to intervene.

Deref Deref 12:03 pm 30 May 12

PBO said :

Make your responseto the little turd into a performance.

Just grab the little “gangster” by the neck and testicles and pretend to throw him under an oncoming bus while screaming; “This is how I roll, wigger, you’s got’s to earn that cash from me!”

Then turn to the GF and make her give you $2, then tell her it’s not enough and scream expletives at her face until she bursts into tears with the realisation that the world can be a really scary place and her “gangster hard-man” BF isnt man enough to fill his own hoodie.

If anyone gives you any grief, make them give the kid $2.

😀 WIN!

devils_advocate devils_advocate 11:43 am 30 May 12

PBO said :

Make your responseto the little turd into a performance.

Just grab the little “gangster” by the neck and testicles and pretend to throw him under an oncoming bus while screaming; “This is how I roll, wigger, you’s got’s to earn that cash from me!”

Then turn to the GF and make her give you $2, then tell her it’s not enough and scream expletives at her face until she bursts into tears with the realisation that the world can be a really scary place and her “gangster hard-man” BF isnt man enough to fill his own hoodie.

If anyone gives you any grief, make them give the kid $2.

Make the kid spell out his name while doing pushups.

W-I-L-L-I-E.

TheDancingDjinn TheDancingDjinn 11:40 am 30 May 12

PBO said :

Make your responseto the little turd into a performance.

Just grab the little “gangster” by the neck and testicles and pretend to throw him under an oncoming bus while screaming; “This is how I roll, wigger, you’s got’s to earn that cash from me!”

Then turn to the GF and make her give you $2, then tell her it’s not enough and scream expletives at her face until she bursts into tears with the realisation that the world can be a really scary place and her “gangster hard-man” BF isnt man enough to fill his own hoodie.

If anyone gives you any grief, make them give the kid $2.

+ Eleventy billion – LOL i love you.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:18 am 30 May 12

“I’ll give you 2 dollars if you lean forward, wiggle your elbows and cluck loudly like a chook for 30 seconds.”

Ahh, good times.

PBO PBO 10:31 am 30 May 12

Make your responseto the little turd into a performance.

Just grab the little “gangster” by the neck and testicles and pretend to throw him under an oncoming bus while screaming; “This is how I roll, wigger, you’s got’s to earn that cash from me!”

Then turn to the GF and make her give you $2, then tell her it’s not enough and scream expletives at her face until she bursts into tears with the realisation that the world can be a really scary place and her “gangster hard-man” BF isnt man enough to fill his own hoodie.

If anyone gives you any grief, make them give the kid $2.

HenryBG HenryBG 9:17 pm 29 May 12

farnarkler said :

They’ve probably already got Hep B or C so be careful…

Precisely. If one of those little piles of garbage spits on you, that could be curtains for you.
Best to ignore completely, not make eye contact, avoid any kind of interaction altogether. no matter how much they need some swift interaction, it’s a risk you can’t take.

farnarkler farnarkler 6:31 pm 29 May 12

They’ve probably already got Hep B or C so be careful about physical contact. I’ll be the parents were in an inner city Housing ACT property, stoned or pissed out of their minds. The way these kids are going they’ll end up dead or in jail. Take them away from the parents and into state care and they might have a chance. A year working at Housing ACT has made me a cynic.

Skidd Marx Skidd Marx 5:21 pm 29 May 12

You did the right thing, as hard as that must’ve been.

p1 p1 4:31 pm 29 May 12

Muttsybignuts said :

When they ask for 2 bucks to catch the bus, look at them with a deadpan expression and ask, “Where are you going. Ill give you a ride home…” and then giggle a little to yourself.

I can point you in the direction of a guy who’d love to give you a lift.

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