It is very clear that every society needs order, people are not animals and some rules of behavior must exist. Laws and regulations are here to reminds us, and punishments are here to learn us where we went wrong.
Just, laws are a theory, and what is in practice? How to make rules on paper real? We need people who will work to make them real.
Here are some examples, what is written on paper, and what happens in reality.
Many cities in Croatia are full of beggars. This is not a question of moral or mercy, begging for money is something that is punished by law.
The Law of public order is clear, every beggar caught in the action should pay money penalty about 40 to 100 euro. New Law of public order will be even harder, punishment will be 150 euro.
In reality, how to report beggar and who will report this?
I don’t know about any case that someone reported beggar on the street. People are ringing on others door and asking for a money, they enter into coffee bars and asking for a money too, on public events they will see an opportunity for money. More unemployed people, more beggars. I saw a girl in tram begging for a money, she is of course without a ticket and there is no policeman to report her and throw her out. On another hand, if I don’t buy tram’s ticket, controllers will punish me if they catch me.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not heartless. Just, here is the point. If you give your money to a beggar once, he or she will ask you second and third time, it will be no end. It will be a way to collect money without work. Everyone who is capable of work should take a chance on a job. A young woman is embarrassing her child in a way that she drags poor kid on the street and beg others to help her. If someone buys her sandwich, she will throw it into the garbage and ask for money. Then, she will buy cigarettes instead of milk for the child. I saw this more than once. Beggars are not always martyrs and victims, sometimes victims are people who gave them money. We cannot work for beggars, because we have also families and bills for payment.
I visited Budapest and Prague and there is a different situation. There are no young people on the street who are begging for money, only old and invalids, but even they are a minority. People are selling sausages, clothes, some of them are playing music, but they mostly find a creative way to earn money.
Begging is not just an individual problem, it is problem of community and state. Yes, we need to punish them because they make a mess, but also we need to give them the opportunity to work for food and money. Social welfare must be part of regulations, there must be the social minimum for people who can’t take care of themselves. In Croatia, this is about 110 Euros.
What kind of reactions we have?
People are indifferent. They will turn head or give some coin, but in most cases, people don’t care.
Where are policemen to stop beggars when they act violently?
Where is a penalty for fake introducing, as for a beggar, while you collect money for your own purposes?
Beggaring is game with hearts. On first sight, you will see the poor man in rags, a girl with paper where is written that she is deaf or blind. Your heart will break and you will give them coins, but later in the newspaper, you might read that blind girl and man in rags were ordinary criminals who cheated naive people.
That is why think twice before you give a coin to a beggar. He will ask you next time more if you don’t give he will act violently. Don’t feel guilty because you have work, and that person is begging for money. Social institutions should solve that problems, not you. Already you gave coins from your salary for unemployed people, so you are not voluntary charity association.