Saturday 16 December 2017

Not all beggars equal in hierarchy of the streets

Sexism and ageism can actually work in favour of those who are looking for our spare change, writes John Drennan

APPEAL: Our charitable instincts are more likely to be stirred by a woman in distress
APPEAL: Our charitable instincts are more likely to be stirred by a woman in distress
John Drennan

John Drennan

Paddy has always liked to claim he is the most oppressed race ever. However, be it abroad in America or at home, he indulges in no shortage of prejudices.

This even extends to those who have conquered their prejudices against begging, for there is undoubtedly on our streets a hierarchical system of donations.

This means that if Paddy has a charitable euro burning a hole in his pocket, some ethnic types are less likely than others to be the happy recipients of his largesse.

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