"Excuse me, do you have $2 so I can buy a ticket?"

Or any of the below:

“Excuse me, do you have $5 so I can buy a chicken sandwich?”
“Excuse me, do you have some spare change so I can buy a tram ticket to Essendon?”

I’ve been asked these questions (or any of their derivative) too many times in Melbourne. And I’ve been warned by friends and acquaintances that the homeless bogans who pose these questions are really just asking for money to do drugs.

Always, the same reply from me.

“No.” (and a “Fuck off” under my breath)

Seriously, if they really wanted a ticket to *insert suburb here*, all they’ve to do is fare evade. Even white-collar businessmen do it sometimes, how hard can it be? Besides, they’ve got nothing to lose. Train inspectors will not be able to fine them because they’ve got no money. They’re better off being told to get off at the next station/stop.

Stupid homeless drug-fueled bogans should stop asking rhetoric questions and actually start looking for a job. Hell, even FOBS (Fresh off the boat) are doing better than them. They don’t speak English, but they’re willing to work hard. These bogans speak English, but are living off the people’s taxes! What the fuck!?

What do you tell these idiots when posed the same question?

19 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    Just say "No". There is no reasoning or convincing that is going to persuade them to stop begging and get a job.

    There’s usually four types of beggars that I see:

    1. The drugged out ones, mostly girls on meth who barely have any meat on their body. Girls always have the best chance of getting money. Guys are suckers to crying girls.

    2. Drunk Aboriginals. Least likely to get money from people. Because they are drunk they have little memory of you. I kid you not I have been asked for money by the same guy at least 30 times. The answer is always the same.

    3. The crazys. It’s possible that they will spend the money on food but who knows. My favourite in Carlton: Guy who walks around with arm over his head. How and why does he do it? Surely it would be uncomfortable?

    4. The pretend we are doing good beggars. You see them all the time, harassing people in the street for the Red Cross, Greenpeace, etc. Mostly young 20 somethings, some attractive. They are engaging in conversation but in the end they are looking for money although more conveniently they take credit cards. Don’t be fooled, these guys make commissions from soliciting people in the street.

  2. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    Haha yes re the skinny girls, they’re always wogs or white bogans. Very very skinny and speak with that Australian drawl. Always with a cigarette in their hand and/or can of VB in other.

    I never knew there’re good beggars? Credit cards as well? Eeesh…

  3. Elizabeth (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    Just wanted to mark the point at which I finally became sick of you, adrock2xander. I won’t miss your posts on my RSS reader.

  4. Mike (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

    You’re not the only one Elizabeth..

  5. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

    Elizabeth: ex-druggie herself? Why so angry?

    Mike: why do you bother posting then?

    If you guys have nothing constructive to comment, please leave the hate mail out of it. This is a very Melbourne-centric post. Interesting to foreigners who wish to get a tasty nugget of Melbourne life. I’m only reporting what I see and think. You don’t have to agree with me. But leave your tasteless comments to yourselves.

  6. Elizabeth (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    Note to foreigners reading: not all of us will refer to you as FOBS or wogs.

  7. Mutemonkey (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

    Hear hear, Elizabeth! The opinions of the author of this post are (thankfully) not shared by all Melbournians.

  8. Ben (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

    Adrockx2ander, I can’t see what is tasteless aout Elizabeth or Mikes comments. I get the impression that you believe you are entitled to your opinion, however others aren’t. When someone disagrees with you you behave hostile towards them. This is not a forum to stir the pot.

    What’s with all the race and genralising posts? There is a distinct lack of any compassion Adrock. Most drug users and homeless suffer from mental health issues.

    Whoever is reading this post. Every person has a different story. Yes some could help themselves more than others. Don’t fall into the trap of putting everyone in boxes. It’s totally prejudice!

  9. Gabe (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    This isn’t ‘hate mail’ adrock, just an observation (and one which I’m sure I’ve made before) – that virtually everything you post focuses on the negative.

    It’s like you’re just itching for something to get indignant about, and the fact that you always find a way of bringing race and racism into it is unconstructive, immature and tiresome.

    The staggering thing is that after all that, you manage to drop a sweeping generalisation like "they’re always wogs". Wow.

  10. Marc (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

    Weren’t you sooking a while ago about a kid mistaking you for being Japanese a while ago Adrock? Calling the kid a brainwashed racist or something hyperbolic like that?
    How does your generalisation that beggars are "always wogs" compare to what that kid said?
    There’s a difference between posing as being provocative and ‘edgy’, and being a bigot. Think you may have crossed that line.

  11. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    Children children. As always we always get sidetracked by the scenic sights such as adrock2xander’s bigotry. Nobody cares what you think about that Asian bigot. How about focusing on the topic itself? What would you say to a beggar?

  12. Ben (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 1:24 am

    Adrock, I believe there is a job opening for ‘A Current Affair’ or Today tonight’. There after narrow minded fools such as yourself.

    Every beggar has a story, even if you want to put them in the same basket.

    In regards, to the topic itself. If you don’t want to give your hard earneds away say no. simple. Don’t walk away and judge them. If you really care about who the are then just say hello.

    I get the impression you only give a fuck about yourself.

    In addition. what’s with all the race based posts lately, boring and genaralising.

    Keep stating your opinion adrock, realise that others may disagree. Don’t insult them for it. Just shows how small minded you are!

  13. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 7:56 am

    The Target big bags post wasn’t race-based.

    It was big bags based.


  14. suz (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    I found it funny that you ask your commenters to "Leave your tasteless comments to yourselves." I think it’s what the commenters are asking you to do also.

  15. Mark S. (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

    >This is a very Melbourne-centric post.

    No, it’s a tiresome whinge from a sheltered and simpering child. This problem is not exclusive to Melbourne in the slightest. Nor is your take on it terribly enlightened.

  16. Jason Arnette (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

    ‘"No." (and a "Fuck off" under my breath)’

    Wow, not only are you a poor writer, you’re a total wuss.

  17. Jim (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    This is brilliant. Not your post, I am referring to all the wonderful comments made by the readers.

  18. Yash (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    Woah, I dont find anything wrong or racist with this post ; maybe other posts. but this one is something what I think is right too. prefer to pay a charity which I know for sure will put the money to good use than it being used on drugs.

  19. adrock2xander (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

    Hi Yash. I would do the same too. Perhaps put the money in the fund that helps homeless people get off the streets and drugs!

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