There is absolutely no need to be begging on the streets in NZ. We have a gold plated welfare system and plenty of well-meaning aid agencies.
It has always been my firm belief that begging is a lifestyle choice and a survey in Hamilton tends to support that.
A weekend police survey in Hamilton discovered only two beggars were actually homeless and the others were bringing props and even dogs to help them appear poor.
The survey found only two of the 15 beggars were homeless.
The remaining 13 had brought duvet covers, cardboard signs and even sickly looking pets to give the impression they were living on the streets.
The city’s business community has called for change after beggars have been harassing or intimidating residents, according to TVNZ. Read more »