Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Begging for Attention

Did you read about the guy in Australia who is making $50,000 a year begging (tax free!)? He gives beggars a bad name. I'm trying to decide if he is a complete idiot for doing the interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph because the jig is probably up about now.

The man, Ken Johnson, is making up to $400 a day begging. How do I get in on that gig??

Bet no one gets on his case if he mis-hears them - HA!

Will you think twice the next time you see someone begging for money?
[If she has dark hair, green eyes, bangs, and a line on her chin, I'm sure she's legit ;-) ]

31 comments:

cherie said...

these panhandlers give us hardworkers a bad name! is there a law against them?

Housewife Savant said...

I wonder how much he makes in NON-cash contributions.
You know; McDonald's coupons and cruise tickets.

Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

Good Lord! Getting rich tax free by begging. WOW!

Sadly, it may make me think twice before giving money to someone begging, but it will never keep my from giving them money. My Dad told me many years ago that in this life we have a 50/50 chance that when someone says they need something, they really need it. He went on to tell me, "if we have it to give, we are going to give it." So, I sort of live by that.

Tammy Howard said...

I never give money straight out like this. I support legitimate charities that provide help and relief. I have been known to give food. But money? Nope. Don't do it. And am trying to teach my kind-hearted kids not to do it, too. I have talked to them about giving money to shelters, foodbanks, whatever... but they are often so touched...

~Kristen~ said...

I, uh...I have no words. Just...wow.

Rebecca Jo said...

I've sat & watched a man standing on the corner begging & then walk over to a very nice car & pull off...how messed up is that!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

hmmmmm, this is making me think too much!

Laura said...

I saw a news show (like 20/20 or Dateline or something like that) and they had a thing on this about how some of these "homeless" people make 30 to 40 thousand dollars a year doing this....so crazy!!

freegal1000 said...

Gosh, maybe I should try to get another job. I make $8 an hour as a lifeguard! BTW, I passed along some bling to you today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and keeping me enthusiastic about my photography! And PS: I love Cheese Balls, too!

McVal said...

Oh my! I don't know if this will stop me from giving money out, but it will definitely make me think twice about it!

AK said...

Really..bad. I never give any money to any of 'em,If I see that they are perfectly healthy and can do a job instead. There are a lot of them in India.But some of them are genuine. Though its really difficult to make out which one is genuine and which one is not.

shraddha/april@theselfloveproject said...

amazing!!

i feel strange to hear stories like that!!

i have been told if eople have a donate to support me sing on the blogs...they tend to make tons of money...amazing!!!

shraddha

shraddha/april@theselfloveproject said...

sorry for the types!no wonder google gets so upset with me for being too fast..
i meant..

amazing!!

i feel strange to hear stories like that!!

i have been told.. if people have a 'donate to support me' sign on the blogs...they tend to make tons of money...amazing!!!

shraddha

Randi Troxell said...

wow! 400 a day... maybe i'm in the total wrong business!!

Yankee Girl said...

Since I never carry cash I don't usually give out money.

I can't believe he went on a news show! Why would he give up a gig like that? And how does it do it without feeling bad?

Karen said...

That's just sad...

Stephanie Faris said...

I think the IRS needs to crack down on this sort of thing. I've heard stories like this many times over the years...it's not uncommon. Does he have a home and car and that sort of thing and just dress the part of homeless to get money?

Kristin said...

I wonder if the govt. can go after him for back taxes?

Cole said...

And here I've been trying to get an actual job...

Amanda said...

I think its gotta suck. I give money to beggers. We dont have many in my town of 350 people. But when I get outta here and head out to the big city and meet some city slickers and see some beggers I give them some money.

Say all that with a old man in a cabin in the mountains twang of an accent.

Blessings-
Amanda

Leproust Vintage said...

geez!!! That is crazy! There was a guy who begged on Ohio State's campus when I was in college, and one day I saw him walk around the corner and get into his very nice car!!!

Melissa B. said...

We've had that problem in downtown DC. We had one young woman who would drive all the way from Annapolis (30+ miles) with her two toddlers to beg on a DC street corner that's populated with swank law firms, because she could make more $$ that way than at a minimum wage job. So sad!

On a happier note, I have a line on UTZ Cheeseballs. I'll let ya know!

Debbie said...

That makes me sick. I do really get steamed about that.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

this reminds me of the Sherlock Holmes story about the same thing!!

Aleta said...

I won't give money to someone who begs, but if they want food and it's around a fast food restaurant, I'd order something for them. We have "regular" beggers that hang out in certain parking lots and I ignore them completely. They have a "different" story each time and smell of alcohol.

Dr.John said...

Society trys many ways to help the less fortunate. Begging is the worst of them. In the end it provides no long term help and is wide open for scam artistys.

a H.I.T. said...

When I was in college coming home on the train from a job interview, a begger came on and asked everyone for money. Naive college graduate that I was, I took out $5 and gave it to the guy. Once he left the car, several passengers yelled at me telling me that he comes on the train every night begging for money and that he makes more than enough money to buy food and live. I was so upset. Ever since than, I don't give money to beggars. I'll give water, food, spare clothes, but not money.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I have heard of many beggers making this kind of dough - even more. It's ridiculous. After I heard about it, I stopped putting money in the hats.

Yaya said...

That's crazy.

Vodka Logic said...

Crap I am going to stop giving money to panhandlers. I do it regularly...do I get a tax break for giving.
xx

Anonymous said...

Thats sad for people who really do need the help.Most "normal"people wouldn't hold a sign for money unless they need it.It's a terrible feeling holding a sign for money--you ever tried it?U should-just to see how it feels,its really not that easy!It's probably easier just to mug the people or rob their house or something.Isn't it better just to ask for help,rather then rob someone?

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