When in Prague, I was surprised that all but one of the fairly numerous beggars I saw were apparently able-bodied young men. These two were typical examples.
I don’t know why they were out begging when others were not visible? Could be that shelters prohibit pets, could be that they prohibit drugs or alcohol, could be that these men are transients, could be many reasons…but I am so used to beggars being more typically old folks, women with kids and others less immediately considered capable of fending for themselves. And people did give fairly generously to them. Any insights?
Unlike US pandhandlers who are usually confrontational, Czech beggars had a ritualized manner of bowing deeply enough to keep their faces mostly covered, with hat or bowl held out with both hands.