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The best tactic in India is to ignore beggars / paupers and keep moving on. The very fact that people give money creates a vicious cycle where people are forced into the profession by local mafia. Yes, you may think your alms to a small kid will feed him but it reality very often what happens is that the kids' parents or local mafia will take away their ...


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If you do not look like a native, then you will be hounded by paupers/beggars. If you help one, generally onlooking beggars may come asking you for money as well. The rule to respect would be to ignore anyone asking for money - a conversation isn't going to lead anywhere. Keep yourself safe - do not make a display of your money. You never know who's ...


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I think the best write-up I've seen on this is at Corporatetravelsafety.com: They begin the Paris String Scam by engaging you in innocent conversation and will usually say that they want to show you a magic trick. Before you know it, a "string man" has grabbed your wrist or one or two fingers and encircled it with a homemade bracelet of colored ...


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I went several times to this park and I never had to deal with that kind of people (I am French). They certainly target tourists so I would recommend the usual stuff I apply to myself not to be bothered in such a case. Walk confidently, a bit fast. You know where you are going. Do not look around or stroll in front of them. Look in front of you. If they ...


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In India, you are likely to be constantly under attack by agonised human beings - mothers with infants in their arms, small children, disabled, lepers and others. It is often difficult to turn a blind eye. More often than not, I would suggest ignore, harden yourself, say no firmly and walk away. But maybe sometimes you might want to give in to the tug of ...


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It's a difficult problem in any country. Most charities however will tell you that you should never give money to beggars. The reason being it's just money and often that money will go to drugs, drink, or even a 'supervisor' - as seen in Slum Dog Millionaire - kids beg for a gang, and they don't get the money themselves. Charities have the viewpoint that ...


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In Paris always say no to solicitors. I haven't had this one happen to me, but I've had the calling card scam done on me. My answer is always say no. I don't suggest no merci. Yes, its in French, but you can pick the English accent miles away. I always walk through them. If they grab you or try to stop me, I say 'eh ohhh'. You have to say it with a ...


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If you can't ignore them, have some things prepared that you can give them instead of money. Chocolate bars would be fine - the children will be happy and you won't have a bad feeling. Don't give them money. Try to get out of places where a lot of people could surround you and watch for thieves.


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I second Ankur Banerjee's answer. Beggars in India can easily differentiate the foreigners (as they call) from Desi's (ie., Indians). They also have the knack to identify even from the locals, whom they can get money vs who will not give, its all by experience. Needless to say they know the value of dollar, and I have seen beggars asking for a dollar when ...


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I do travel through the roads of India and find foreigners being flooded with beggars. It is better one avoids them. In few cases when one does go on to give some alms, it attracts few more from round the corner. In the end, it is up to you to decide whom to give and whom not to. Local mafia's or black private org's leave beggars ranging from old aged to ...


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Being a native person here, I usually have walks on the roads, where I see foreigners offering some money to the beggars and then a group of beggars surrounding them asking for money. It could be a real trouble then. You can't describe that the person asking you for money is really a beggar or some snatcher. Snatching cases are quite common in India (at ...


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Paris is a great city to visit - great museums, amazing works of art in galleries, good food, interesting architecture and buildings. Unfortunately, this means lots of people do visit it, and with that comes problems.... As other questions mention, a lot of Parisians get fed up with tourists who make no attempt to speak French, and a small number try to take ...


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Interesting question. Please note my answer is entirely based on my own experience, and based on South Asia (which I know a lot and currently live), and South East Asia (pretty much same, but relatively developed). The very first thing is that the beggars are not necessarily poor people. In Asian countries, begging is more of an underground business that ...


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After many months in India I stumbled on my preferred method: say nothing give the palms together Indian greeting to the person asking as in the image below (they will almost always respond in kind) continue with what I was doing I do like that this is a bit more respectful to the other person. However, the main advantage is that when I just ignored the ...



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