We’ll take a cup of kindness yet…
Blog Guy, I recall that you have a problem around the holidays. You have too much Christmas spirit, and you’re always looking for ways to tone it down and restore your cynicism. Last year it was that souvenir statuette in Milan that finally did it for you. How’s it going this season?
Pretty good. I’m feeling more cynical after seeing photos of these two beggars who panhandle for money to buy booze using the slogan, “At least I’m honest.”
Ah, I get it. You think if random passers-by are willing to enable apparent binge drinking and alcoholism, then mankind is pretty nasty after all, right?
No, but that’s a very nice try.
Thanks. But I guess you’ll have to twist it for us.
These guys have been doing this for EIGHT years, and they even have their own Website. One of them is using a laptop!
I think these are just regular dudes, getting rich by exploiting the public’s stereotypes about the poor and homeless.
I’m betting they really spend their income on big-screen televisions, fancy espresso machines and sending their kids to Sarah Lawrence.
There’s probably not a drop of booze in the house apart from the bottle of Dom Perignon they plan to open on New Year’s Eve to toast another profitable year of pretending to be substance abusers. Is that dark enough for you?
Amazing, Blog Guy. God bless us, every one!
Top: Spanish beggar Jose asks for money to buy alcoholic drinks at the Rossio square in Lisbon December 2, 2010. Jose and his friend Lyndon have been beggars for eight years, and instead of asking for money to eat, they ask for alcohol and drugs with a slogan, “At least I’m honest.”
Right: British beggar Lyndon works with his laptop at the Rossio square in Lisbon December 2, 2010.
REUTERS photos by Rafael Marchante