Reason Why You Should Stop Giving Beggars Money
“While in a public transport today, a woman on my row started begging people for financial assistance.
Not long after that, the same man that gave this woman N500 then wanted to buy a bottled water, and the hawker had to run to catch up with us because the man wanted to give him N100 and he had to collect his N50 change first before handing him the N100.
The scenario touched me! Immediately, I requested for a bottle too&gave d guy #200!
A woman beside me shouted…Ahh, let him give u your change first before giving him money!!
She looked at me as if I’m a “mutula”, a new person in Lagos wey dem never show.
As d guy was struggling to run & give me change, I bade him good bye not to worry!
The most touching part of d story is, even when I thought we’ve left this guy far behind as d traffic had moved, he ran to still cacth up with d bus & prayed whole heartedly in show of appreciation!
You know why? He knows the value of that money, he knows how much bottle or satchet of water he would sell running from bus to cars before getting that.
The woman who saw me as mutula eventually went speechless!
Lesson passed in the bus! Simple. We all feel comfortable giving beggars big money but find it difficult leaving small change for genuine hustlers.
We unconsciously encourage begging at d expense of those who work so hard, that’s why u see corporate beggars increasing on a daily basis on d streets of Lagos.”