The Bottom Line

20 Jun

There are a lot of beggars to be seen in the streets, and it´s easy to tell that they are well-organized, just like anywhere else since the beginning of time. In prospering China, more and more people can afford to give.

There is a fellow on every strategic point, and when some bigger note falls into his tin, he immediately hides it in his pocket (of course). A beggar has to look poor. If they showed the slightest sign of wealth, they would ruin their business at once. If a man has fifty, why should I give him five? The conscious housewife goes shopping and in between supports these views on images of abandoned misery; she buys the feeling of having a heart and the reinsurance of herself being lucky and well off.

The blind woman below earned more than 100 RMB (15,87 USD) in 40 minutes, a terrific wage in a country where a standard McDonald´s Big Mac Menu, a luxury for many, costs 15. We can only make a guess how much is left after the bosses have got their share.

In fact, not everybody on the streets is there for money; in less frequented places, you will often find somebody who cannot find a better place to sleep.

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