On a typical day of going to and fro work or grocery shopping, I pass at least two beggars. They’re usually near the metro entrances, next to an ATM, outside grocery stores and Systembolaget, or walking around with a crutch with arm extended holding paper cup. This is really nothing new to me, after all NYC has their beggars too.
The main difference I’ve noticed is the street beggars here actually do vocally beg and kinda reach out to passer-byers. “Please.” and “Thank very much.” are common statements and any combination of that with extension of their paper cup. NYC beggars just sit around with a paper cup and that’s it, which I respect much more because they do not infringe on others. Their attitude is if you want to give money, please do so; if you don’t, so be it.
Street beggars here in Stockholm do irk me a bit. Then the other day, one woman beggar was sitting near an ATM and having a conversation on her mobile phone. REALLY?!! Now I hate them, all of them. And hate is a strong word.
Side note: this is more of a rant about about street beggars only. I have other view points about ‘entertainment’ beggars.