Weeble (clockworksaint) wrote,
Weeble
clockworksaint

New begging

In the past few months I've noticed a very different kind of begging, and I'm wondering if this is something that has always happened and I've somehow missed it, or if it's some kind of new trend. I fairly often am either accosted or see other people accosted in the street by a young person, not smartly dressed, but looking in a much better state than I would expect of somebody sleeping rough, and given by rote a long sob story about being stranded in the wrong city and unable to afford a bus. Sometimes trying to move away results in torrents of abuse.

I don't imagine this is a particularly novel tactic, but I'm surprised how much I'm seeing it now. Was I just in town centres at the wrong time of day before? I am finding myself skeptical of the actual hardship faced by some of these individuals, because they look so much better dressed and able than many others. And yet seeing the same story repeated over and over makes it pretty clear it is not genuine. What's going on here?
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