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Street Begging Is Not Too Different From Corporate Begging

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Lagos and begging go together like a moth to a flame or like Igbo men with talking loudly about containers on the phone.

Moving to Lagos will open your eyes to different forms of begging. I mean, you think you’ve seen it all until a man who told you he was robbed after coming from Ibadan for an interview comes back to beg you with the same reason 7 months later, in the same outfit.

Begging comes in different forms. You have the ones who will pull up to you in traffic or when you are walking and stretch their hands out in silence or with a quiet greeting. They’ll come with puppy dog eyes and sad lips and without further interaction you know what they want from you. Now there’s a whole new crop of beggars. There’s a little finesse to their “artistry.” They are usually fully dressed, with a clear folder or a brown envelope and a powerful stride. They step up and pull some tale about leaving their bag on a bus, or worse, they will pull out their certificates and try to convince any and everyone that they were robbed and need help getting back to a neighboring state.

A lot of people seem to think begging is begging. As far as you are helpless in the situation you are still trying to get something from someone. Even the corporate beggars would not consider themselves street beggars because they assume the little finesse absolves them of whatever little thing that might have linked them to street beggars.

Street beggars, though detrimental to how a society looks, are a reminder that the government needs to care for its citizens so that they may stay off the streets. Street beggars wholeheartedly do what they came to the streets to do: Beg. They aren’t telling you any sob story, they aren’t ashamed to beg you for hangouts, they also will be satisfied with any amount you give them.

Now, these are the ways the corporate beggar differ: they are big on not letting anyone know they are begging for money. To them, it’s a job. I mean, if you do look at it, they wake up, get dressed, and do the same thing every day. They have perfected the teary-eyed lie, so when whoever sees them assumes this well-dressed individual cannot be a beggar and will then offer some assistance.

The annoying part that follows will be that this person will take a leap of faith and tell you the exact amount they need for them to leave the streets, so whatever you have must match that amount or its useless to them.

There’s no harm in begging, so far as you aren’t adding the occasional mild stealing to it. But beg with your full chest like the street beggars do. Don’t start speaking English because you want to fool people into thinking you are something you are not.

What do you think?

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5 Comments

  1. 'Diddie

    September 13, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    A very interesting read…. some of this corporate beggars have no conscience and just plain lazy. It is annoying that able-bodies people would try to cut corners by deceiving people through begging when they can use their hand to work ….

  2. by_stander

    September 13, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    i think you should always include your educational background in your articles.

    i am begging you please – its more important than your name or tribe.

    on a more serious note, supporting begging is more or less supporting a welfare state – a while ago i had issues with people begging and i had a lot of reservations about people that go around begging others for money.

    But i think over time (Thanks to maturity in knowledge) i am more understanding to their circumstance.

    Sometimes we have to be thankful to our almighty creator for showing us the light and blessing us with understanding.

    today i will not necessarily give free cash to a beggar, but i will be more understanding of their circumstance and more likely to propose a path to earning a living (which you will quickly find out is easier said than done in a N20k minimum wage society).

    I am however complete in my understanding that no normal person starts out life wishing or hoping to beg. i am aware of the underline problems that destroys or severely inhibit the ability for a normal abled-bodied person to earn a living or having economic freedom.

    i am also aware of the lies those that cause the problems, would rather that we believe about their victims.

    I don’t even know if its possible for someone to be a secret billionaire and still be begging – maybe in some fantasy book sha

    But i do understand that people adapt so if you didn’t get money wearing dirty cloths, maybe you’ll get some wearing clean cloths. maybe your message will come across better when the person holding your immediate destiny in their hands sees themselves in your shoes.

    because you didnt give, doesnt mean another person will not give.

    The moment you understand these are people like you and me, that have been striped of their inalienable rights at some point in time or ongoing – the moment you start to see the world differently.

    A welfare state is fundamentally flawed and can be abused. however the good ideas it offers can be useful. That people are compensated when their inalienable rights is infringed upon until they are able to get back on their feet free from coercion .

    and if i may add, those that are responsible and benefit should be the first to have to pony up the cash. then the rest of us should have the option as to if we want to make additions.

    Also if for any reason a person has to benefits from welfare, that person will have a responsibility to pay it forward, i.e put back it to the system. And there is no reason why others can not join in putting into the system if it will also offer a safety net for a future rainy day.

    This is a fundamental different system from the conventional welfare you’re used to – and its more or less foolproof solid.

    Most normal people accept the world doesn’t owe them a thing and are willing to work or earn a living so long as their inalienable rights are not infringed upon. And most normal people are capable of doing so on their own.

    But you will not hear that narrative from people who intend on infringing on the inalienable rights of others for their personal gain.

    All you will be hearing is excuses to infringe on the inalienable rights and distraction tactics to takeaway the fact they are completly responsible for the problems they have caused.

    When everyone’s inalienable right is respected and secure – nobody can have the moral grounds to be begging anybody for anything. I don’t even know what story you want to tell at that point.

  3. Dayo

    September 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Don’t know about corporate begging, but Nigerians have taken SOCIAL MEDIA BEGGING to a whole different level… 🙁

  4. Meeeeeeeee

    September 13, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    those People just confuse sometimes, :\

  5. butterfly

    September 14, 2018 at 9:38 am

    How about colleagues at work who borrow money up and down and when its time to pay they start to dodge. those are the real corporate beggers!!!! I have entered one-chance with one in my office, should have done my research better before lending her (i’m a new employee) she’s got me thinking of creative ways to get my own money back *sigh*…….

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