When I was a young boy, I took a wrong bus and needed less than $1 to take the correct bus back home. I asked the lady sitted next to me if she could spare me some change. She refused. Luckily, I had a US$1 note which was a gift from my father and asked if she would exchange S$ with me. She agreed but only give me 1-1. Up to now, I still cannot believe she would take advantage of a young boy in that situation.
You know, this is the sad attitude our Govt has conditioned, to encourage people to treat all beggars as swindlers. I suppose it's part of their agenda to keep beggars off the street because it would spoil Singapore's prosperous and clean city image. So we are bombarded continually with news of fake monks coming to beg, for instance. And the Police make it their duty to chase away, if not actually arrest, all beggars.
While it is possible that there are swindlers among them, is it not possible that there are people who seriously need money and have no choice but to stoop to begging? Those against this say that those genuine cases can always get help from CCC's/RC's/VWO's, etc. but I don't think the reality is so simple, that everything is so black and white.