Curvature, crutches, hungry sight. The beggars play on emotions, but they have thousands of mobile phones in their pockets
A luxuriously dressed lady in a shiny winter jacket, with an expensive handbag, suddenly stops by a beggar standing in the transfer corridor of the metro in Florence. He leans over the hunched figure and tells her something. At first glance, compassionate speech seems to lead to it. Footbridge error. The lady is her boss, also a Romanian. The “superior” issues instructions for the rest of the day and then heads to other “subordinates” around the city. There aren’t many of them at a time when Prague is deserted, but it doesn’t have to rain, it’s enough when it’s dripping. The beggar from Florence changes the way during the day. She leaves the static station, in the afternoon you meet her shuffling on subway trains with a sign that she needs money for her child’s surgery.
Ostrava is not Prague
“Over the past year, we have detected over 5,200 violations in connection with the violation of the city’s decree on begging,” Irena Seifertová, a spokeswoman for the Prague city police, told the Metro daily. The most culprits were recorded by police officers in the city center in Prague 1 and also near the public transport station and the metro. “We do not keep statistics on nationality, but according to the information, they are also talking about Czechs and foreigners. Of the foreign ones, Slovaks, Ukrainians and Poles predominate, but they were not Americans either, “adds Seifertová from the begging industry. According to Romanians, a completely separate chapter, where it is an organized group that also has small children in its repertoire, or “disabled” beggars.
Begging is not just the prerogative of the capital. However, it does not have such a tourist form as in Prague. “By asking all the commanders of the individual areas, I found out that in the city of Ostrava we have not yet noticed a trend where health claims to be disabled,” Jindřich Machů, a spokesman for the Ostrava city police, told the Metro daily. It is similar in Brno. In the pre-epidemic period, however, some Brno beggars, who have lived in this way for years, went to Prague, at least in the tourist direction.
Although police officers often impose fines on beggars, the problem is their enforcement. Especially in Prague, if the police catch them in public transport, beggars often have a ticket so as not to pay a fine.
Beggars also travel across borders
In Poland, a beggar capable of physical work is not petted by the police, the law penalizes it. In the past, therefore, Polish beggars regularly crossed the “line” to the Czech Republic. In our country, the police used to be milder for them. Especially in Český Těšín, where it’s a few meters across the river across the river bridge. This was the reason why the České Těšín town hall recently introduced rules as strict as those in Poland. The decree allows begging foreigners (as well as domestic ones) to be expelled from the defined zone, or shown to the office.