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I was surprised to see some couples, about 3 different couples, who were knocking to ask for food. They have a family to feed and they lost their job due to the lockdown. When the lockdown was lifted their company closed shop. It is pathetic to see such people on the street begging to feed their family. They do not look like beggars, far from it. I know that giving fish will feed them for 1 day only but what more can we do in such cases? The government has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to them.
 
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These people need help or they will turn to evil ways to acquire food.
 
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Well it's never too late to turn your fortune around, you just need to work hard for it, so I guess they just need to look for a new job and don't give up.
 
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This pandemic has really taught us to be more diversified. Will should not limit our selves to only one source of income, but instead we should have more than one source of income.
I pray that they have another job in time to start earning again.
 
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That's heartbreaking. Their job doesn't provide for their security of tenure.

If they work in the private company, they should be covered with SSS and if they work in the government, they may have GSIS.

In short their job is unsecured. No provision for retirement or disability benefits granted.
 
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It is heartbreaking to see people who earned decently now reduced to begging for their families because of coronavirus. Isn't there any kind of benefits scheme or something to take care of such people?
 
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Well, lockdown caused a lot of problems. However, when someone who was placed in a nice job and was living a proper life takes to begging after losing a job, it is not in any way related to losing a job. That's because they were bad at managing finances, they should have saved money for emergencies. It is natural for the poor to beg when they cannot earn, but if someone who had everything starts to beg we should see them as people who did not manage their finances properly.
 
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Well, lockdown caused a lot of problems. However, when someone who was placed in a nice job and was living a proper life takes to begging after losing a job, it is not in any way related to losing a job. That's because they were bad at managing finances, they should have saved money for emergencies. It is natural for the poor to beg when they cannot earn, but if someone who had everything starts to beg we should see them as people who did not manage their finances properly.
True... thousands have lost jobs in India too, some of them were prudent to be really frugal and manage in what little they had until they were able to find other jobs. I know several people who also started their own small businesses, some begin sourcing fresh vegetables directly from farmers and sold them door to door so the customers also had to pay lesser than when they bought them at market, some started delivering food to old people etc. But very few resorted to begging.
 
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True... thousands have lost jobs in India too, some of them were prudent to be really frugal and manage in what little they had until they were able to find other jobs. I know several people who also started their own small businesses, some begin sourcing fresh vegetables directly from farmers and sold them door to door so the customers also had to pay lesser than when they bought them at market, some started delivering food to old people etc. But very few resorted to begging.
When the lockdown shut down the schools in my home country, I was also laid off from my teaching job. Until the school reopened I did not receive any salary, yet I did not resort to begging. It was difficult to manage finances as I had bills to pay, grocery to buy, yet I did not start begging. People who did not have savings managed to do some menial jobs but they did not go into begging. Those who started begging were either were the people who were already under the poverty line or those who mismanaged their finances.
 
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We have always had a few beggars in the town I live but I am reluctant to give money to them as they often claim to be homeless when I know they are not and probably want the money for drink or drugs. However I am always happy to buy a coffee or a sandwich for anyone and we do have a food bank and a soup kitchen here for those in need. I'm sure there must genuinely be people who are struggling since the pandemic hit us.
 
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