The story in the Sunday Star-Times this morning about bludgers making a nuisance of themselves is just another case of the bludger class proving they are bludgers.
Growing numbers of beggars are filling the streets of our two biggest cities, where some claim to be making as much as $200 a day.
Police have noticed a significant recent increase in people begging in downtown Auckland and are warning against giving them money, saying much of it goes towards drugs and alcohol.
Wellington social service agencies also say there has been an increase in begging – although those in the capital claim their income from begging is “meagre”.
Queen Street beggars spoken to by Fairfax Media agreed their numbers in the central city had been growing in recent months.
Beggar Tuari Ropihana, 18, had been in West Auckland until three months ago but moved to Queen Street because he said, “the police came down hard on us but not as much here”.
Ropihana said he spent the $50 he made each day on food, clothes, socks and new undies, but others he knew spent the money on drugs.
“They are saying that everybody that begs or hustles spends money on drugs … a lot do but not everybody.”
What hogwash…he spends $50 a day on undies socks and clothes? I call bullshit on that.
I bet professional bludger Tuari Ropinahi is also on a benefit of some sort, even though he claims he isn’t, and should now be investigated. He clearly doesn’t need the dole now he is a professional con-man hoodwinking people into thinking he is on the bones of his arse.
There is absolutely no need for beggars in this country, we have a comprehensive welfare system. This is nothing more than a lifestyle choice.
Another Queen St beggar who didn’t want to be identified agreed there had been a lot of new beggars moving to the central city. “People are finding it hard to find jobs. The ones that are out there, the younger ones, they are only out for the drugs.”
He said he regularly made around $200 a day and spent that money on cigarettes, bus fares for meetings, food and hot drinks.
“There are a lot of kind people, a lot of generous people. But I really hate doing this. Once I get me a house I can find out what’s happening in the workforce.”
Again complete horseshit. Spends $200 a day on fags, food and bus fares? Where is he travelling to? Wellington? You can get breakfast at Maccas for under $10, same with lunch even in a food court, so that is $20, a few coffees and drinks throughout the day is another $10, and dinner can be had for well under $15, total spend $45 with the wind up its arse…where is the other $155 going? He surely can’t smoke that many ciggies.
The journalists simply accept their bullshit. Or the journalists want to accept their stories so they can pimp another story about how poor we all are because we have beggars in our streets.