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

By 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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43 Responses to
Kids these days… (what to do with the Civic panhandlers)
Rollersk8r 10:55 am 29 May 12

You did all you can do, just keep walking. And they’ll keep asking… I know all the usual suspects around Civic and frankly it angers me to see how regularly people do give them money. Do not feed the seagulls!

p1 10:55 am 29 May 12

Postalgeek said :

Expressing a desire on an internet forum to punch a 12 year old in the head because he’s a bit lippy?

Tough man.

Feeling the desire to punch some dickhead in the face, admitting to yourself that you have that feeling, then refraining from that impulse and discussing it with others does not make someone a bad citizen. It makes them a good citizen.

shirty_bear 10:39 am 29 May 12

It isn’t “begging”, it’s “bludging”. And bus riding is never what the money is for.

You did the right thing. Nufties can’t be reasoned with, so it’s pointless to try. Best you can do is try to be amused by their haplessness.

Having said that, it’s sad that these kids are so poorly parented that they are able to end up thus. On the upside, you’ll get to give them plenty of $$ when they’re old enough to collect their own welfare.

Deref 10:16 am 29 May 12

Kick the little s*** in the nuts hard enough to ensure that he never reproduces.

Mysteryman 10:08 am 29 May 12

Take him up on his offer of a fight, next time. When he wakes up in the middle of nowhere with no hoodie, no shoes, and the words “this is what I get for acting tough” written on his his arms in permanent marker, he may learn a valuable lesson.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:07 am 29 May 12

I would have just lolled at him and walked away. Embaress him in front of his lil gf. Sadly for some peeps this isn’t a option so I guess just walk away.

Yogie 10:03 am 29 May 12

Truthiness said :

I wonder if making the busses free would help with this? The bus system already makes a loss, so why not make a loss AND have free busses ?

I usually just offer to buy them a bus ticket.

I think it is unlikely the $2 was destined for use on public transportation.

harvyk1 10:00 am 29 May 12

Postalgeek said :

Expressing a desire on an internet forum to punch a 12 year old in the head because he’s a bit lippy?

Tough man.

You’ve obviously never had the displeasure of dealing with a little thug…

I have once, I ended up copping a black eye for my troubles and when I went to the cop shop to report the incident to the police they couldn’t have cared less. (The old coppers exact words where “I’ve seen worse injuries from playing footy” before dismissing me)

Postalgeek 9:49 am 29 May 12

Expressing a desire on an internet forum to punch a 12 year old in the head because he’s a bit lippy?

Tough man.

ssostorage 9:47 am 29 May 12

I haven’t had this problem in Canberra myself, but just getting out of there is usually the best option.

I had a similar case which ended up with me defending myself against multiple teens who attacked me when i refused, the result was a few bruises to all of use and a lot of wasted time in court, with no discernible result more than a “don’t do it again”.
Its easy to fight back but it wont help anything so I now just walk away or run if I have to, its just not worth it.

EvanJames 9:46 am 29 May 12

People have been begging there for, 20 years? More? It’s a shame we don’t have police any more, or the area would be patrolled and when you were bailed up by threatening little thugs, there’d be a police-person to go to and they could apprehend the thugs and you could say “yes officer, that was them”.

As it is, the rule of law has been suspended and these little thugs can do what they like.

mezza76 9:41 am 29 May 12

I see them everyday at Civic. Just keep walking…

One thing that gets me is that every capital city in the country has high police visability civic malls. eg. Queen St Mall in Brisbane have police that walk up and down and help deter any antisocial behaviour.

While not wanting this to turn into an AFP bashing thread, I’ve never, ever seen the police during the day at the civic centre. They need to stick a police centre right in the middle of the place and cut this crap out.

harvyk1 9:29 am 29 May 12

Ignore them, chances are that little 12 yo POS has been in and out of cop shops since they where 8, and thus knows the system and doesn’t care. You on the other hand are now over 18, and thus have a reputation which a night in the lock up plus a conviction (remember that the “I come from a hard background” story also works against people who give these POS the beating they deserve) and it will cause you a lot of long term pain (esp if you want to travel or get a gov’t job).

buzz819 9:24 am 29 May 12

Just ignore them and keep walking…

What’s the point of getting all worked up for no reason.

If people were to ignore them all day they’d get bored and move on.

Truthiness 9:23 am 29 May 12

I wonder if making the busses free would help with this? The bus system already makes a loss, so why not make a loss AND have free busses ?

I usually just offer to buy them a bus ticket.

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