How we unconsciously encourage street begging

While in a public transport yesterday, a woman on my row started begging people for financial assistance. The man sitting directly in front of me dug hand in his wallet and gave her Gh¢50, then others followed, she eventually got over a Gh¢300 within that short period.

street beggers


Not long after that, the same man that gave this woman Gh¢50 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 Gh¢5 and he had to collect his Gh¢3.50p change first before handing him the Gh ¢5.
The scenario touched me!

Hawkers in traffic light

Immediately, I requested for a bottle too and gave the guy Gh¢20. A woman beside me shouted…Ahh, let him give you your change first before giving him money📷📷!!
She looked at me as if I’m a “mutula”, a new person in Ghana wey dem never show📷. As the guy was struggling to run and give me change, I bade him good bye not to worry!

The most touching part of the story is, even when I thought we’ve left this guy far behind as the traffic had moved, he ran to still catch up with the bus and prayed wholeheartedly in show of appreciation!
You know why?? He knows the value of that money, he knows how much bottle or sachet 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 the expense of those who work so hard, that’s why you see corporate beggars increasing on a daily basis on the streets and other places.

If you share this sentiment, please share this post and spread love and encouragement for the street hustlers.

And next time you buy something inside traffic or anywhere from these street hawkers, leave the change if you have more in your pocket,
May God bless us more as we do!
Appreciate those in Labor.

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