Would You Give Money to Someone Who Says They Can’t Afford to Get Home?

The four men caught begging in Chongqing were held at the police station with their iPhones. (Image: qq.com)
The four men caught begging in Chongqing were held at the police station with their iPhones. (Image: qq.com)

You never know whether people asking for money are for real or just professional beggars.

Four men claiming to be migrant workers who failed to find jobs in Chongqing asked passersby for financial assistance at Three Gorges Square, saying they couldn’t afford to get the train home.

A local found it strange and reported them to the police. They were well-dressed with nice watches and jewelery, and three of them even had iPhones.

It turned out the men had flown there from Anhui Province. They came from farming families, and often went begging together during the off season.

They succeeded in scamming many people because they only begged for small amounts of money.

The group flew from Nanchang on Nov. 28 and had already passed through several other places. After deducting expenses, each had earned more than 700 yuan (about $113) in eight days.

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