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singabhadur 24.07.2013 15:09

Wanted to share my experience :)
 
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I usually go to fitness in the morning, before work, but today I went during lunch time.

On my way, I usually meet people who ask for some change. Nothing different from my home country. Some just beg, some make up a story. Some are more believable than the others.

I want to help them, but I don’t, since I have heard that these people use it to smoke weed or buy some more alcohol.

However,

Today, I saw this guy who was sitting and his dog quietly sitting next to him. So I thought I will do something for them. Following conversation was in german, and I just translated it so I dont embarrass myself :)

Me: Hey, Speak English
Guy: No
Me: I bring dog food, ok? (Yup, thats how bad my German is)
Guy: Many Thanks
Me: Sure, wait 10 minutes, I come.


I went back, dropped my bag, and went to the coop below my office. Got some stuff and walked back.

The moment he saw me, his eyes just lit up. From what I saw, he didn’t really expect to me to come back I guess.

He quickly said something to the dog, it was inaudible. The dog just got up and seemed like he would start a tornado with his wagging tail :)

Guy: Many Many Many Thanks. Not many people come back
Me: No problem, have a great day ahead.
Guy: You too. Thanks a lot.
Dog: 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag'
Me: I take a picture, ok ? for my colleagues so they help too
Guy: Yes yes please
Dog: 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag'


I felt good walking back. Wanted to share it with you all. There are really nice people here and who offer a helping hand to others. I just wanted to do same to a person whom I don’t know at all. It felt good, really good.

Wish you all a lovely day.

hannah'sauntie 24.07.2013 15:17

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Your post brought a lump to my throat.
I think that is the best way to help someone, give them food for themselves and/or their dog, rather than money.
Have a lovely evening!

JBZ86 24.07.2013 15:22

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Good person.

I wouldn't of thought weed is the issue for some of the homeless beggars, more heroin. This is normally obvious if you know what a heroin addict looks like. This guy does not look like one though.

I too offer food rather than money, which is often rejected in London. Here I do not see so many homeless people except the same one lady who works the Bahnofstrasse and City of Zurich, she is a blatant heroin addict and receives no money from me.

She is also known to go into some businesses with pockets of change to turn into notes, often handing over a couple of francs short.

gata 24.07.2013 16:33

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Thats a very nice thing you did. I liked that you actually bought dog food instead of giving the guy money.

But the guy sure seemed to speak enough english even if he did say no in the beginning

singabhadur 24.07.2013 17:23

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Originally Posted by gata (Post 1935500)
Thats a very nice thing you did. I liked that you actually bought dog food instead of giving the guy money.

But the guy sure seemed to speak enough english even if he did say no in the beginning

Well he didnt speak any english.

We had that conversation in german :msnblush:

I took the liberty to translate that into English, since I haven't yet typed German sentences and didn't want to begin in this post :D

Now that I see, it wasnt clear before, and edited the post. :)

Pancakes 24.07.2013 17:46

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That was really sweet of you.

I actually never assume that someone asking for money is a drug addict or alcoholic. I know some are, but I also know that not all of them are. 5, 10 or 20 CHF means a lot less to me than it does to these people.

Very nice of you to open your heart like that. That doggy should sleep well tonight, and the smile on that man's face is priceless. :)

JBZ86 24.07.2013 17:52

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My only question, with so many fountains offering free water, could you not have got him a coke or something a bit more exciting? :p

I kid i kid, i joke i joke

singabhadur 24.07.2013 17:55

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Originally Posted by JBZ86 (Post 1935598)
My only question, with so many fountains offering free water, could you not have got him a coke or something a bit more exciting? :p

I kid i kid, i joke i joke

Exactly was my thought.

And then I realized, with a 1.5 Liter bottle, he will have to refill that less than refilling a 0.5 Liter :)

Next time, I shall add a Pepsi Bottle as well :). Not a Coca Cola fan :msntongue:

MFZ 24.07.2013 20:26

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Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something .. (unknown author)

Julie2012 24.07.2013 20:30

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That's a very nice story and I needed it today! Thank you for having the Heart!

greenmount 24.07.2013 20:41

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Originally Posted by singabhadur (Post 1935394)
On my way, I usually meet people who ask for some change. Nothing different from my home country. Some just beg, some make up a story. Some are more believable than the others.
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Very nice of you mate. Must say I am impressed with the reactions of the other posters here on EF...well, people do evolve. Thanks. ;)

Sutter 24.07.2013 20:45

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You are a special caring person not many people would do that. Thanks for sharing I like to try and help people too.

Wollishofener 24.07.2013 21:42

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Originally Posted by hannah'sauntie (Post 1935404)
Your post brought a lump to my throat.
I think that is the best way to help someone, give them food for themselves and/or their dog, rather than money.
Have a lovely evening!


Yes, did something thelike twice. Once, between Stauffacher and Sihlporte was approached by a nice girl (unfortunately most likely addicted to some kind of drugs). Invited her for a small snack and something to drink just nearby. A nice encounter. A year later I was approached at Stadelhofen by a chap, again asking for money. Declined but invited him for a bit of wine and something small to eat into one of the restaurants just beside the station. Interesting. The man was in IT but his company broke down. Gave him some contact addresses. Half a year later he was employed by our computer-chap. Heard that the man is back up again

A former teacher of me, when retired, did such things very frequently. No, not everything can turn out a success, but the chances are existing and in fact quite good.

kutties 24.07.2013 22:21

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Hats off to you. Not many people are too generous like you and I hope this would give an inspiration to help others...






Quote:

Originally Posted by singabhadur (Post 1935394)
I usually go to fitness in the morning, before work, but today I went during lunch time.

On my way, I usually meet people who ask for some change. Nothing different from my home country. Some just beg, some make up a story. Some are more believable than the others.

I want to help them, but I donít, since I have heard that these people use it to smoke weed or buy some more alcohol.

However,

Today, I saw this guy who was sitting and his dog quietly sitting next to him. So I thought I will do something for them. Following conversation was in german, and I just translated it so I dont embarrass myself :)

Me: Hey, Speak English
Guy: No
Me: I bring dog food, ok? (Yup, thats how bad my German is)
Guy: Many Thanks
Me: Sure, wait 10 minutes, I come.


I went back, dropped my bag, and went to the coop below my office. Got some stuff and walked back.

The moment he saw me, his eyes just lit up. From what I saw, he didnít really expect to me to come back I guess.

He quickly said something to the dog, it was inaudible. The dog just got up and seemed like he would start a tornado with his wagging tail :)

Guy: Many Many Many Thanks. Not many people come back
Me: No problem, have a great day ahead.
Guy: You too. Thanks a lot.
Dog: 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag'
Me: I take a picture, ok ? for my colleagues so they help too
Guy: Yes yes please
Dog: 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag' 'wag'


I felt good walking back. Wanted to share it with you all. There are really nice people here and who offer a helping hand to others. I just wanted to do same to a person whom I donít know at all. It felt good, really good.

Wish you all a lovely day.


biff 24.07.2013 23:50

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OP, the dog and man both look healthy. I wonder what their life story is. If you see them again, it could be interesting to ask.

Outside the Basl SBB, there is frequently a nicely dressed, grey haired woman - early middle aged(?) whose ife story intrigues me. I am more than happy to share a little food or money with her whenever I see her there. Drugs and addictions are not the reason for all the people who need our help.

singabhadur 25.07.2013 10:19

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Originally Posted by biff (Post 1935814)
OP, the dog and man both look healthy. I wonder what their life story is. If you see them again, it could be interesting to ask.

Outside the Basl SBB, there is frequently a nicely dressed, grey haired woman - early middle aged(?) whose ife story intrigues me. I am more than happy to share a little food or money with her whenever I see her there. Drugs and addictions are not the reason for all the people who need our help.

To be honest, that was initial plan , as I didnt wanna come across a guy who just gives food and walks away, like a arrogant hotshot.

However, the plan was disrupted when he said he doesnt speak english. So kept the discussion to bare minumum. If you see the words I chose, neglecting the act itself, I do sound a bit rude.

Me: Hey, Speak English
Me: I bring dog food, ok?

Me: Sure, wait 10 minutes, I come. :o

But point taken and agreed :)

JBZ86 25.07.2013 11:10

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Originally Posted by greenmount (Post 1935709)
Very nice of you mate. Must say I am impressed with the reactions of the other posters here on EF...well, people do evolve. Thanks. ;)

:confused::confused:

Was you expecting everyone to say what a heartless gesture and more fool you or something?

mulan 25.07.2013 11:25

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This post made my day, thanks for sharing :) it's very nice of you.

lmerkel 25.07.2013 11:29

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Very nice story! If anyone has seen The Kingfisher, or Solo (Jamie Foxx?), several people on the street were what were once normal functioning people in society, but have had a horrific experience which they can't bounce back from and become a bit mentally unhinged. A job loss, house, spouse, family....

I lived in NYC and it was estimated that almost 80% of our homeless were not drug addicts, but people suffering from a mental distress who could not seek treatment or didn't want to because they would be confined.

DrX 25.07.2013 11:40

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Well done you
I would sing your praises for a charitable act like that :D

I actually did a similar thing a year or so back when I was exiting the railway station in Edinburgh. My kids were with me and my daughter and son both had a quick discussion that I should help the poor lady with no money ! Of course this particular lady had the haunting look of a Heroin addict.

So we sat down beside her ! The kids were very brave and started asking millions of questions as to 'why she had no money' 'what happened to your house''Where do you sleep', etc, etc My daughter even asked 'where do you go poo poo and pee pee (she was only 4.5 bless her) lol

Meanwhile (keeping a daddy eye on the kids) I went to the Coffee/tea/bus/croissant kinda place just 5 meters away and bought her a breakfast and the largest cuppa tea AND a voucher for £50 so she could get hot drinks/food when she needed it. It was absolutely bloody freezing too !

This lass 'Carol McMillan' was in tears by the time we left and I hope we gave her a warm fuzzy feeling for a while.

Of course the questions from both kids were then turned to me for the next couple of hours and we discussed what drugs were, how they affected people, What should one do with people like that, etc

I am happy that my kids had the experience to learn about something that is very real and prominent in our society ! and I am just that little bit happier that the kids are more streetwise and savvy because of it !

:)

summerrain 25.07.2013 11:41

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Originally Posted by lmerkel (Post 1936076)
Very nice story! If anyone has seen The Kingfisher, or Solo (Jamie Foxx?), several people on the street were what were once normal functioning people in society, but have had a horrific experience which they can't bounce back from and become a bit mentally unhinged. A job loss, house, spouse, family....

I lived in NYC and it was estimated that almost 80% of our homeless were not drug addicts, but people suffering from a mental distress who could not seek treatment or didn't want to because they would be confined.

Agreed. A lot of them just need a lucky break in life to bounce back.

So great of you OP. Thank you for the story. Really made my day, especially knowing that the dog will sleep with a full belly tonight :)

DrX 25.07.2013 11:43

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That being said however I have no tolerance for the 'organised' collectors and beggars slumming around the place, especially as you see them getting into Big ass cars at the end of the day.

There was a guy in Edinburgh who was in the local rag as he was lifted for vagrancy. turns out he had actually jacked his IT job and was making 4-500 quid per day on the street begging.

AND, there is still a rule today in the UK that if you don't have enough money in your pocket to buy yourself a haircut, you can be lifted for vagrancy. I guess the guys get a better deal on this one ! lol :msntongue:

Guest 25.07.2013 11:54

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You brought a lump to my throat. Good on you. Homeless people always seem so damned grateful when I just talk to them and treat them like any other human being. Society makes me sick sometimes.

singabhadur 25.07.2013 16:34

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Originally Posted by DrX (Post 1936082)
Well done you

This lass 'Carol McMillan' was in tears by the time we left and I hope we gave her a warm fuzzy feeling for a while.

This part is the most impressive about your post. That you remember her name :)

Great experience to share.

Thank You :)


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