Is it immoral to ignore beggars on the streets?Watch
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Ever since I've been reluctant to give beggars money, if I have the time then I'd go to the nearest shop and purchase some food for them.
But I don't really think it's immoral to completely ignore their pleas~
To be honest I think the best way to help the homeless is to donate to charities. Beggars in the street may be scam artists, and even if they are genuinely homeless you don't know what they will spend the money on.
I find it pretty damn intimidating too if you're walking past and some random person approaches you asking for money.
All those appearing homeless where I'm at uni, seem more like professional beggars. Some have dogs (how are they fed?), I rarely see those who are begging actually sleeping in the street - I have only once in my life seen some properly wrapped up, sleeping in a doorway. And then most of them have all this tobacco and things for cigarettes - so they obviously aren't struggling if this is priority for them.
Now of course, there are genuine people who are out on the street but if I'd help, I'd buy some food. Otherwise you have no idea where that money is going.
For all you know that beggar is a scam-artiest and isn't really needy, or they might be part of a roma gang. And the money you give them might go towards drugs or alcohol.
This is just a question I've been wondering about recently, so I would be interested to hear what people think. Is it immoral or inhuman to ignore or simply walk past beggars on the streets without helping them?
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Whatever the answer to that is, I don't buy the idea that there is anything moral about not giving homeless people money. People often say it's better to give to homeless charities, but who among them are giving homeless charities? Instead it seems like an excuse to morally waive themselves of any responsibility to help a homeless person and keep their money, with the clincher of somehow wrangling to feel superior to those who do.
Begging needs to be criminalised
Kind of difficult to get a job when you don't have an address, there are a lot of hidden difficulties homeless people face when trying to get back on their feet. Simple things you'd probably never have thought of that make things immensely difficult.
Well some of these people have had hard lives and are trying to get back up on their feet. I guess we should be helping them, not outlawing their behaviour.
Romanian and other eastern european beggars should be arrested deported as we should not be importing beggars to our country.
But sometimes (most of the time) I really can't bring myself to turn them down. I feel awful doing so.