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Ted Szukalski

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A beggar with a cup

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Just outside Gloria Jeans coffee shop on the corner of Pitt and Park streets a beggar was begging on his knees with a cup from the very coffee shop. Wave after of people getting through the pedestrian crossings of both streets ignored him completely. Few hundred meters from him another beggar with couple of dogs was reading a book without paying any attention to the crowd that passed him. Unlike the kneeling’s beggar he was receiving regular donations.

It is a strange world indeed. Is it the fact that one of them had dogs that made people more generous, or was it the fact the kneeling beggar tried a touch to hard to be genuine?

  • desolate street performance, but how real

  • Aditya Dubey

    Very strong picture indeed. It reflects the “social behaviour” of us humans. I pass different needy people nearly every day and I ask myself – am I too big or busy to lend them enough to survive? And my ignorance wins the other half of my conscience. If I ignore knowingly, I see myself as a part of the crowd in this picture.

  • C

    I would have given the begger money in the cup he held.He probably got the cup off the street in front of Gloria Jeans coffee shop and he thought this is better then putting my hands out to have someone slap them away.

    Nice picture, it shows the true struggles of the homeless.
    Thanks for sharing!

    If you want to check out a average joe’s blog:
    Gloria Jeans coffee shop

  • J. Austin

    Excellent photo and topic Ted. Interesting question too. People, like myself, have a close relationship w/ our canine companions so maybe people are more likely to give to someone w/ a dog. (I may be a bit guilty of that myself). Or possibly the difference was because the other person was off to the side reading and thus less of a perceived threat than the gentleman on his knees in the middle of the walk-way. Either way we should show them both compassion and kindness and help them in any way we can.

    jeff

  • desolate street performance, but how real

  • Aditya Dubey

    Very strong picture indeed. It reflects the “social behaviour” of us humans. I pass different needy people nearly every day and I ask myself – am I too big or busy to lend them enough to survive? And my ignorance wins the other half of my conscience. If I ignore knowingly, I see myself as a part of the crowd in this picture.

  • C

    I would have given the begger money in the cup he held.He probably got the cup off the street in front of Gloria Jeans coffee shop and he thought this is better then putting my hands out to have someone slap them away.

    Nice picture, it shows the true struggles of the homeless.
    Thanks for sharing!

    If you want to check out a average joe’s blog:
    Gloria Jeans coffee shop

  • J. Austin

    Excellent photo and topic Ted. Interesting question too. People, like myself, have a close relationship w/ our canine companions so maybe people are more likely to give to someone w/ a dog. (I may be a bit guilty of that myself). Or possibly the difference was because the other person was off to the side reading and thus less of a perceived threat than the gentleman on his knees in the middle of the walk-way. Either way we should show them both compassion and kindness and help them in any way we can.

    jeff