The Anonymous Widower

Beggars On The London Overground

Beggars on the London Overground are becoming a nuisance.

Today, as I returned home, I saw this notice at Dalston Junction station.

So I made a small donation to the Whitechapel Mission.

Let’s hope it helps.

February 12, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. It does help, quite a lot. Sadly there is a chance that the person begging may use money given directly to them to buy alcohol or drugs. That said, I do give sometimes off a coffee and sandwich in cold weather, or a bottle of water in very hot weather. And I always say hello, tell them my name, and ask what sort of a day they are having; as a recovering alcoholic I know people who have been street homeless, they tell me that the hello is the most important thing. Talking to people I know that in very many cases the abuse of alcohol and drugs follows the homelessness rather causing it.

    Comment by Liz Parkinson | February 12, 2019 | Reply

  2. The same applies on S Stock trains on London Underground where advantage is taken of walk through facilities…. Sometimes it’s a lone beggar and sometimes it’s a group playing music on their instruments…

    Comment by Melvyn | February 12, 2019 | Reply

    • Agreed. Have also experienced this myself when traveling on S Stock trains.

      Comment by Bob | February 13, 2019 | Reply

  3. Music? My arm!

    At least, I’ve never seen a beggar with a set of bagpipes!

    Comment by AnonW | February 12, 2019 | Reply

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