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Prague

on June 23, 2013

I went to Prague for the weekend. I’ve wanted to go there for a while but plans kept being derailed – bronchitis, snow, no money, etc… I saw some nice things in Prague but they were completely overshadowed by the beggars I saw who were prostrating themselves in the street, foreheads to the ground and holding out a bowl/cup for donations. I’ve read a few blogs saying how impressive and humble this seemed, and that it made a nice change from beggars that hassle you or try to entertain you. But to me it was horrifying that anyone would think they needed to do that in order to get help, that they felt that they couldn’t even look people in the face. To me, these people seemed utterly lost, and beyond hope. Some people claim that these people are foreign refugees (like that makes it ok?) or that the begging is organised, but I only saw individuals in a state of despair.

Having lived in big cities for most of my life (Dublin, London, Manchester) I thought I’d seen it all, but the beggars in Prague really got to me. Have we really sunk so low as a society that we can only offer someone help if they promise not to look us in the eye?

I also saw people dumpster diving (courtesy of my hotel room overlooking a supermarket loading bay). I’ve seen this before in a few places, and am aware that some people (freegans) do this as a choice but I’ve never seen the people looking like they really, really needed to do it.

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