Is it immoral to ignore beggars on the streets?

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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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Once, I was walking with my mum in the park, and a beggar approached us for money, my mum gave him a few quid and he said "Thanks! I haven't had a beer in ages"

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~
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I think we should be doing more as a society to help them, but I don't think it's immoral to not give money as you do not know how they will spend it. I think giving them food or a drink or something is a better solution if you yourself have the money to do so.
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No
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.
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I don't give money to those begging on the street on principle.

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.
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No, they should be working for their money and supporting our economy, not begging.
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Of course not, it's your money. If you want to make a difference donate to charities like help the homeless.

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.
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(Original post by Reluire)
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?
No, if anything its human to ignore them. Humans are imperfect and not always kind or helpful. However, i think its a good thing to do to try and help.

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Nope, I tend to ignore beggars. Hate it when they come up to me or other students knowing I'm 18 and perhaps more easily intimidated. They've recently taken to walking around outside the University campus and cornering people during break.
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(Original post by Buxtonwater)
No, they should be working for their money and supporting our economy, not begging.
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.
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I've wondered about this question too and for me it hinges on a deeper question I don't have the answer to yet: Can inaction be immoral, as opposed to simply amoral?

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.
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No Begging should be made illegal. Beggars are either drunks and drug addicts or Romanian immigrants who have migrated here to do nothing else but beg.

Begging needs to be criminalised
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No Begging should be made illegal. Beggars are either drunks and drug addicts or Romanian immigrants who have migrated here to do nothing else but beg.

Begging needs to be criminalised
That's quite drastic !
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That's quite drastic !
not really all kinds of anti social behaviour is criminalised such as pissing in the street or drinking in public. Exactly how is begging any different ?
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not really all kinds of anti social behaviour is criminalised such as pissing in the street or drinking in public. Exactly how is begging any different ?
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.
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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.
I agree !
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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.
As i stated in my previous post beggars are predominately alcoholics and drug users and there is already a variety of mechanisms for them to get back on their feet. Begging is not the answer.

Romanian and other eastern european beggars should be arrested deported as we should not be importing beggars to our country.
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No, they're contributing nothing and may simply use it for drugs or alcohol. There was a sign at my home-town's train station that warned people not to give to beggars. I could understand someone feeling guilty for not giving to a busker, they are providing a service, albeit one no-one asked for.
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No. I see the same ones all the time round here trying the same bull**** lies on passers-by that they've been trying for years ("I just need 50p for the bus" etc.**** off, at least be honest about what it'd really be spent on - special brew). They are parasites that are content to live that life and I'm not gonna be an enabler. I still feel guilty every time I say no but that does not outweigh the feeling of being a mug that I'd get if I handed anything over.
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The thing about beggars is you never know what they'll spend it on. Sometimes you'll give one some money and they'll walk straight into a Tesco's for a pack of cigarettes or some beer.

But sometimes (most of the time) I really can't bring myself to turn them down. I feel awful doing so.
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