Almost everyone at some point in their travels has encountered a beggar or two or three. For
some walking by without blinking an eye is tough while
others can do it with no sweat. I knew a woman who every time she went to Jamaica ended up shelling out at
least $400. She couldn’t stand to see children and people live that way and found herself generously donating to
Jamaica’s poor. For those who always find giving awkward or just need a quick lesson in the do’s and don’ts of
shedding a couple dollars, the
Mail has a piece on how to deal with begging.
To summarize some of their tips:
Give to women, children, invalids, and those truly in need. Not the working beggar.
Don’t unwrap your wad of cash in the middle of the street to give to one or you’ll find yourself quickly
surrounded by many.
Lastly, consider toting trinkets from your country like lapel pins and ballpoint pens with flags to create