Recently, there was an article in the news papers covering the issue of “professional” beggars. Apparently, they can earn as much as 50 thousand dollars a year. The man in the report was saying his job is very monotonous and requires long hours.
Now, I look at this photograph of a young beggar “praying” for money in the Pitt Street and the group of young office workers passing him by. Do those young people earn 50 thousand a year? They probably studied hard, went through the university and now are finding their places in the corporate world.
Their hours are probably long too and the job not always the most interesting. However, how demoralising it must be for them to see this young man without any ambitions or will to work earning this kind of money?
Charities often warn against people like this young beggar and advise that if you feel generous you should donate the money to them. At least then the money will find its way to the truly needy.