Walking down the streets of Kiev you sometimes see street 'musicians'. Some of them may be more like real musicians, others are just guys who feel like singing.
Frankly, these people start pissing me off.
I don't mind them playing and singing as long as they stand put and do not stalk those passing by. I may not enjoy their music, but fine, I'll endure a few minutes of it. After all, the person may be in real trouble if he or she has to play on the streets with a hat on the ground.
But with the guys like I met today - zero sympathy.
Two well-dressed healthy looking young men around my age. One singing and playing guitar, the other one running around the place asking people for money. What is with those freaking money-collecting agents? How much do they get? 50%?
I was just walking few feet away from them when that money-begging guy approached me with his hat in his hand saying 'Support the street musicians! C'mon! You have such a nice smile!'
I wasn't smiling. If there was anything on my face it was 'get a real job, idiot'! Why would I wan't to support a dumb jumping monkey in my way out of all people who need help in this world? If I wan't to make a donation, I support sick children or animal care centers. Not two impudent men who are too lazy to earn money the hard way or just like easy extra cash.
It may be problematic to find a job here when you're in your 40-ies or 50-ies, but young men with no missing limbs or anything like that sure could get employed in the capital of Ukraine. If nowhere else, one could always work in McDonalds. Their ads inviting young people to apply for a position are all over the city. But hey, who wants to go map the floors in fast-foods when they can open their yapper and make noises on the street? After all, the weather is perfect these days.
How low do you have to fall to be asking a woman for money? When you are a healthy man who could go find a job and be independent.
I have more respect for male prostitutes. At least they do something useful for women before they ask to be payed
Just to be clear, I treat man as equals. I leave tips for both female and male waiters, taxy drivers, hair dressers. It's just that you hardly ever see healthy young women jumping around the street asking for financial support. Maybe it's because men are generally more shameless while women are more afraid of social condemnation.
But whatever the reason, it doesn't make those men indulging in such low activities less loathing.
Good you can provide a look from inside :)
Those two guys are gone now, but a few with the same scheme are playing in the other place, blocking peoples way, stalking them. It's become like a fashion here I suppose.
I like some street musicians, and I do sometimes give money, but never to those shameless stalkers, I don't think anyone should encourage their obnoxious behavior.