I have no problems with beggars, per se. It’s when they start getting in my face that it irritates me. The near-muggings from the Boys and Girls club; 3 Fruit Rollups from the thug on 14th street for a dollar, only avoided because my wallet was literally empty; the Urban Homeless Association on Union Square West; all these I can cope with. All these are tolerable.
But do not expect a single cent if you’re taking up all of the walkable space underneath the scaffolding on 4th. That’s some precious goddamn space, and by taking all of it, you guarantee only irritation, not charity.
What are your worst begging stories?