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Should begging be banned on subways?

( Updated: 2015-05-08 08:00

charlie (New Zealand)

I personally witnessed the ineffectiveness of banning begging whilst living in Geneva. As a police officer approached, all the beggars would disperse except for one who would take the fall. Then within the hour all the beggars would return to continue begging. The only way to stop beggars returning to public spaces to beg for money is to educate patrons not to give any.

Should begging be banned on subways?
A man begs in a subway carriage in Beijing in this Oct 18, 2009 file photo. [Photo/IC]

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