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Poll: Do you give money to people begging on the street?

An organisation in Dublin is encouraging people to place donations in new ‘giving boxes’ instead of directly to people begging.

Shoeless beggar in Dublin.
Shoeless beggar in Dublin.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN CITY BUSINESS Improvement District, which represents more than 2,500 businesses in the city centre, have launched a campaign to reduce street begging because they believe it creates a perception that the city is unsafe.

Their campaign ‘Change for the Better’ asks people to donate to one of 40 ‘giving boxes’ instead of directly to people on the street.

Proceeds from the boxes will go to the registered charity Tiglin, which supports people with addiction issues.

Some people don’t give people on the street money because they think they might spend it on something they shouldn’t, while others feel guilty if they don’t give them some spare change.

So today we want to know: Do you give money to people begging on the street?


Poll Results:

No (2469)
I give money to charities instead (2202)
Yes (824)



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