Skip to comments.Sri Lanka Beggar With Dh58,000 Bank Balance
Posted on 12/18/2012 2:45:46 PM PST by nickcarraway
He is the owner of a van, two three wheelers and has Rs2m in bank
Beggars are an eye sore and menace in every society. In Sri Lanka, they are a common sight in in buses and trains when people embark on long distance journeys. Most sing for their supper entertaining commuters, then there are the disabled and destitute mothers pleading for help to feed their infants. However, people are wary of tricksters who have made begging a profession.
During a crackdown by security officers recently at a railway station in Ragama, a suburb of Colombo, 18 people begging inside train compartments were taken into custody.
More significantly, one of the poor souls turned out to be a rich beggar, according to a report in sinhala daily Lankadeepa.
It was discovered that he was the owner of a van, two three wheelers (auto rickshaws) and had Rs.2 million (approximately Dh58,000) in his bank account.
At the time of his arrest he had collected over Rs4,000 (Dh114) within two hours, the Railway Security personnel said.
This wealthy beggar has rented out his two three wheelers and earns a daily income.
Although he is disabled, he travels to Ragama railway station in his van and enters the station for his job.
During the course of investigations it was revealed that while begging, he dresses up in dirty clothes and late in the evening he relaxes at home in a clean outfit. A resident of Narammala from Kurunegala, is situated in the North Western Province, he has been in this 'profession' for a long time.
The raid took place when passengers complained of beggar menace.
Each beggar was fined Rs2,000 (Dh57) by a Colombo magistrate. If they could not afford to pay the fine, they face six months imprisonment suspended for five years.
I was once on the subway in NYC when a young beggar was organizing his money. He was counting quarters, stuffing them into rolls, and throwing the rolls in his knapsack. His daily take seemed to be couple of hundred dollars.
How about throwing them in jail if they CAN afford the fine?
Make it the law that begging is legal until you have $20 on you. If a cop catches you begging and searches you and you have more than $20, you go to jail?