#87: Spare any Change?

There are different types of beggars here, some will stop you in the street to ask you for money, some will wait at traffic lights and wash your windscreen and ask for money and others kneel on the street, their heads bowed and covered holding out their hands.

It’s the ones that stop you in the street that I am most discomforted by, not only because I don’t like to be stopped in the street, but also because I normally respond with my best English accent and advise that “I don’t understand, I don’t speak German” and try to move on, whereupon they immediately switch to English.

It says something about my school education when the vast majority of tramps in Germany speak more languages that I do.

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