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    if they smile/make me smile
    helps if they're pretty

    also helps if they're actually good.
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    bluntly: if they're fit, if they're good, if i can get out change quickly + give them as much cash as i want to without looking cheap
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    I very rarely give anything to them... :/

    However, the possession of a cute little dog is far more likely to do it for me. IMO you're not a proper busker if you don't have blankets and a cute little dog on top of them.

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    And do you not respect the fact busking is a suprisingly lot of people's livelihood and they may not have other ways of making money?
    Not in my experience/knowledge its just college kids trying to make some cash for a few pints out which to me feels like they want cash for nothing, I have seen said buskers going to McDonalds for lunch, or sometimes complaining they only have enough for like 1 or 2 pints that night.
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    (Original post by my_username_was_taken)
    And do you not respect the fact busking is a suprisingly lot of people's livelihood and they may not have other ways of making money?
    I think that if that's true it's certainly a shame and I feel sorry for them but it won't make me appreciate or enjoy having their music forced upon me.
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    (Original post by ColdVein)
    I think that if that's true it's certainly a shame and I feel sorry for them but it won't make me appreciate or enjoy having their music forced upon me.
    Yes there are quite a few who rely on busking. I was talking to somebody yesterday who earns a full time income from busking with bagpipes in Australia, and manages to come to england at least twice per year to also busk and have a holiday. He was very happy and got paid to do what he loves to do.

    Why is it a shame? Why insult someones career?
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    He was playing Romeo and Juliet at 12 at night.

    I practically emptied my wallet.
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    If they've got talent, or make me smile and I'm in a good mood, I'll give them money. They have to be good, mind you :yes:
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    Well, let's just say, I saw a busker playing Metallica songs once in Covent Garden. I didn't give him anything for it, much less acknowledge his efforts. On the other hand, had he played something that wasn't popular music that I hear on TV anyway...
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      Quality of the music is probably what makes me give. I work in a shop with a popular busking pitch outside so I get to know which buskers in Norwich are any good. The string quartet always get money off me because I love listening to a string quartet whilst I work. There's a swing band who play outside the NatWest on London Street on a Saturday and they are awesome. I'll get a sandwich and sit on the bench near there to listen, they get money too.

      The flautists who aren't very good at playing the flute, the guy who plays two chords and a bangs a tambourine with his foot, the penny whistle guy, the guy who sings "Fix You" by Coldplay over and over again and the guy with the sitar are all more likely to get a biro through the eye than a single penny from me. They do my head in.
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      Not being bothered to argue, cos im a lazy ****er like that
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      Whether I'm having a decent day or not, or whether I'm trying to impress a girl. It has nothing to do with how good or bad the busker is, if I'm being honest.
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      well if they are good i might give them 2 pound or something like that but here in edinburgh we have hundreds of bagpipe buskers who are just annoying to be honest
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      Well there's this busker in London who also has a henry the hoover singing with him. What a god.
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      If they are good, if I have change and if I'm in a good mood.

      So yes, it helps with they make me smile, by being good and a bit different (i.e. not the usual pop songs).
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      When they play a song I love (and play it well)
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      Their musical talent, simple as that.
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      1 - If they don't look like tramps
      2 - If they don't remind me of beggars
      3 - If they're not romanians with accordians
      4 - If they're hot
      5 - If their music is really good, unusual or if they're playing a song I like.
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      compassion&empathy, because ive been forced to do it with friends and it was cold, wet and I was hungry.
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      I don't.


      Actually I sometimes do. If they're a good singer/attractive then I will, usually only like 50p though.
     
     
     
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