In KFC one time i was asked by one of them for a chicken wing.
It's easy dealing with people who stop you and hassle you in the street, just ask them for money. Its the best way of getting rid of beggars or those charity muggers on Market Street who want you to sign up your details to pay direct debit to their charity. Just ask for some money, say its for a sandwich or for the bus because you're lost and have no bus fare. If they try and break off just say "please, its for a sandwich, please, just a sandwich". When you try that people soon disappear. It also works on those "have you had any accidents at work in the last 2 years" types...."no mate, you haven't got any cash have you please, just for a sandwich please, just a sandwich or a coffee..."
Every time I've been to London in the past few months, I've seen those women. I don't tend to give to homeless people as I rarely carry change any more, at least, not a large amount.
I've given money to homeless people and beggars many times before. I gave one a £5 note once and then I went into a newsagent to buy a magazine and a chocolate bar, he followed me in there and bought cigarettes. I asked him "so that's what you're using my money for?" and he swore at me. There are quite a few Big Issue sellers around where I live. There is one really nice on who I've chatted to a few times, I usually buy one from him when I'm in that area. Then there's another one who follows people down the street shouting at them, then pulls his iPhone out to have a rant about how everybody is such a tight b*stard these days.
One of them was on Oxford Road again.
New Beggar Alert- a guy is going around stating he needs change. If you don't give it him, he acts agressively. Hangs around the car parks.
These Romanian gypsies are everywhere now. Every town large enough to have a mcdonalds has at least one headscarf lady yelling 'hallooo beeg ishooo'.
I was in Ireland in 2009 and I remember Dublin was full of them wandering the streets asking for money. Some guy I hitched a lift with said that their children are pickpockets. I've heard this a few times, but I don't know anyone who's seen it happen. The same chap also said that they won't work because in their own country their people never have, and have always been buskers, beggars or thieves.
When I went to Northern Ireland my friend who i met up with said that most of the gypsies got chased out of Belfast by the paramilitaries or someone. Apparently one of them climbed the ferris wheel and refused to get down.
Worse than this, is that (rightly or wrongly) as women they would easily (and probably already do) get support from the council.
Which means that they are taking up space from men who would less easily get council support, and who are therefore more in need of charity.
I have them on my tail all the way to friggin work: When I refuse to give anything to them they start screaming at me that doctors should help other people and start ranting about how we're overpaid. What really puts them down is when you tell them they should have tried a little harder. Classic response is *But my family wasn't supportive!*.
The only woman beggar on Oxford Rd I remember from the time I spent living in manc was one with a baby that hung around on the bridge by sainsburys local. Always made me a bit sad ]=
But yeah, I agree. Manc has loads more beggars than anywhere else I've been, except maybe Oxford. Although there was one nice one, who used to buy sweets with the change he got together then offer you some =P
Walked past a vagrant sitting on his cardboard mat on a mobile phone yesterday.
Says it all.