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Unformatted text preview: Discussion Do you give money to beggars? Explain why, or why not, to a partner. Reading Read through the comments below on an internet discussion site and decide which opinion is closest to your own. What's your opinion of beggars? We invited people from around the world to let their voices be heard on the subject: Edilson Gomes Teixeira, Brazil In my city, Sao Paulo, we have lots of children who ask for money on the streets. Of course, I feel terrible for them, but I think that giving them money does them no good. Usually they are really begging for an adult - even their mother or father - just so that they can buy drugs or something like that. I don't know ... it's complicated. Ana Martin Fong Schmidt, USA I come from San Francisco, Califohia, where you can't walk two blocks any more without running into a homeless person asking you for money. They're filthy people who sleep and urinate in my doorway. I used to give money, but not any more. I suppose I've become sort of numb to it all. I mean, what is my 50 cents going to do to help someone? It's the Government's problem, not mine. Atsuko Fujimori, Japan We have a place in my city, Tokyo, called "Shinjuko Station." I think this place is an embarrassment to Japanese society. There are hundreds of homeless is an embarrassment to Japanese society....
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- Spring '09
- Poverty, homeless people, Begging, Edilson Gomes Teixeira