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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 28th March, 2017) Views: 1,812 
Beggar
 Beggar   by Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
Wigan Town Centre.

Comment by alan on 28th March 2017 at 04:31
Why isn't someone helping him ?


Comment by Stinky pete on 28th March 2017 at 05:01
wonder where my black magicians table cloth went?


Comment by Julie Bateman on 28th March 2017 at 08:12
Its awful that these people are having to live like this and nobody cares a dam. But yet help is given by housing other people who haven't been in this country.Its not fair these people should be living like this the ones who are genuine.


Comment by DTease on 28th March 2017 at 08:59
Why doesn't he learn to play an instrument or sing a song? I'm sorry but just sitting there with a plastic cup looking miserable does not tempt me to give him money.


Comment by Lock Lass on 28th March 2017 at 09:25
My OH and I were in Manchester last week and it saddened me to see all the beggars and homeless on the streets. I know possibly a quarter of these people would not go into a shelter but there must be genuine cases out there who never see a light at the end of a tunnel. There was a programme on ITV last night 'The Kyle Files' which covered the homlessness in Britain and it was awful to see some of these people being kicked and abused on the streets in the night. My own personal opinion watching this was Jeremy Kyle was the wrong front man for this programme.
Good photo alan.


Comment by whelley Wayne on 28th March 2017 at 10:16
this photo WILL divide opinions on here

help them or ignore them - the choice is yours


Comment by maggie. on 28th March 2017 at 10:39
A former pupil of mine had to live like this, His only friend was his dog. His family had rejected him. He did find some happiness for a few months, but he ended up killing himself. I did not know it until after his death. I will always remember him.


Comment by Jathbee. on 28th March 2017 at 11:06
There is help in Wigan for homeless people.
It's called the Brick.

That poor man seems so lost. Some of the homeless have mental health issues and find it difficult to ask for or accept help.


Comment by Maureen on 28th March 2017 at 11:19
What a very sad photo..the homeless ...our soldiers have to live like this...and I must point out that he does not look like a druggie to me..while I feel sorry for the genuine immigrants,which must be terrible to have to flee or be killed..I wish the authorities would give some consideration to our own who are desperate for somewhere to feel secure and warm..whoever prioritises giving outsiders first choice over our own want to try living on the streets for a few weeks..it doesn't need that much intelligence to sort it out.


Comment by irene roberts on 28th March 2017 at 12:00
I have seen people talking to this man and giving him food and drinks, and I think he is genuine, but some of the beggars in Wigan DO have somewhere to live,DON'T want food, and the money they get goes on drugs. Not only are they a scrounge on society and an insult to those of us who have worked all our lives, but they are preventing people from helping the genuine homeless, like the man in the photo, as it is difficult to differentiate between them. My heart goes out to the genuine homeless.


Comment by Bod on 28th March 2017 at 12:33
Irene,I do agree with lot of your opinions but it is hard to differentiate in the ones who are genuine and the ones who are not,the other day I read about a couple who separated ,lost there home and then the lad lost his job he had no one to turn to ,and eventually finished up sleeping on the streets.as you say it's difficult to decide who's genuine and not,as I have stated on here bofore a lot of people who have everything in life are not genuine , sadly something needs to be done for the genuine needy


Comment by Lock Lass on 28th March 2017 at 13:11
Well said Irene.


Comment by Bod on 28th March 2017 at 13:45
Irene,I do agree with lot of your opinions but it is hard to differentiate in the ones who are genuine and the ones who are not,the other day I read about a couple who separated ,lost there home and then the lad lost his job he had no one to turn to ,and eventually finished up sleeping on the streets.as you say it's difficult to decide who's genuine and not,as I have stated on here bofore a lot of people who have everything in life are not genuine , sadly something needs to be done for the genuine needy


Comment by Veronica B on 28th March 2017 at 14:06
When you think of the billions sent in foreign aid and the genuinely homeless,in need and living like this -there is something deadly wrong. I am not talking of the scroungers who seem to operate in gangs but the ones who have genuinely fallen on hard times. Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between them -it shouldn't happen in this day and age.


Comment by AP on 28th March 2017 at 14:33
Yes, some are posing as destitute, to get their mitts on your dosh.

However, in UK, in spite of welfare safety net, you will find no shortage of genuine destitute.

Why don't you ask them of their experience of the services that you assume are there to help them. You will be in for a surprise.


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 28th March 2017 at 20:11
Thanks all.

This is the camera.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-GfmkjxG/0/O/i-GfmkjxG.jpg


Comment by Pat McC on 28th March 2017 at 20:29
A photo made all the more poignant when you read the poster behind him - "Mum makes everything OK. Mum always listens"


Comment by . Ozymandias . on 28th March 2017 at 20:43
Although I'm fully aware that this may appear to be a contradiction in terms, the root cause of poverty, or one of the primary causes of poverty at the very least, is in fact, money itself. I suspect this lad probably wouldn't agree though. I also suspect that Dave ( Oy ) posted his comment on the wrong page.


Comment by Julie on 28th March 2017 at 21:13
Enjoyed your 'interesting reading ' Mick.
on General. Puppetmans , snow walk .
great stuff


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 28th March 2017 at 21:24
Dunno how that happened - I was replying to yesterday's pic!


Comment by Pat McC on 28th March 2017 at 22:00
The photo is all the more poignant when one reads the poster behind this young man ....Mum makes everything ok ....Mum always listens ....


Comment by Howard P on 29th March 2017 at 18:37
I suspect this is all about money, I all so suspect if he had a job he wouldn't be there.


Comment by Sgt Pepper on 30th March 2017 at 10:40
A lot of people have cottoned on to these beggars and give them food rather than money, usually pies - note the Greenhalghs bag - but it's money they want and usually refuse. After all there is a limit to how many pies they can consume.


Comment by . Ozymandias . on 31st March 2017 at 18:48
My point exactly. Money can be accumulated, leading to an imbalance of wealth, whereas pies cannot, and must be consumed relatively quickly, resulting in a person's continuing existence.


Comment by Linda on 3rd April 2017 at 15:35
Many of these people are "professional" beggars. They can make a fortune out of the gullible.
http://www.wigantoday.net/news/new-powers-granted-to-move-on-street-beggars-1-8187014


Comment by Anon on 16th April 2017 at 20:20
The sad irony of the card messages behind him. He needs to be with his mum.


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