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On 4 Feb 2017 at 8:12am mr green light wrote:
so many different ones near post office. poor old souls must be hard this time of year in the cold!
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 8:32am Lewesian wrote:
Must be so hard for them getting out of a warm bed in their council house so they can rip off decent, hard-working people.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 9:30am mr green light wrote:
Prove it!
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 10:03am Tim wrote:
In London yesterday saw a man, early thirties asking for help. Says he was ex 3 Para and hasnt adjusted to life outside of army. Standing, clean shaven, back straight, kit neatly packed by his side.
I wasn't sure what to make of it?
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 10:13am the people wrote:
Best not to assume all are skiving, there are many people dropping through any social support net and they end up homeless. This does include those with mental health problems (for which there is little support), to ex-service men who suffer may suffer from many issues (for which there is limited support) to those who are redundant and/or cannot afford their rent (that goes up all the time) etc etc etc. Don't be so inhuman and tar all you see with the same brush. Where is our compassion........
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 10:21am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
At least 2 of them are genuinely homeless.
But you don't have to be homeless to be reduced to begging. People get their benefits stopped for the most ridiculous reasons, and are then left with nothing to live on. Even if they get food from a food bank, they still need money for electricity/gas to cook it on.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 10:23am Mr Complacent wrote:
You think it won't happen to you. Life is full of twists and turns. Bereavement, divorce, redundancy, illness. You never know what's round that corner and when events randomly turn against you, you're out on your arse. Think on I'd say.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 10:29am Helpful nice person wrote:
Perhaps pedro can sort em out with some of his stash
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 11:02am Pedro wrote:
@ helpful nice person. Ha. I would imagine they're probably more into alcohol than cannabis. Well, alcohol or heroin.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 3:38pm Joe Brown + the bruvvers wrote:
1962- Layabout's lament - 50 bob a week on the jam roll. Nothing changes ! ( a low wage was 7 a week roughly then )
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 4:39pm Clifford wrote:
The main thing we have to remember is to lick the a*se of anyone over us and kick anyone below us, eh Lewesian?
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 4:56pm Lewesian wrote:
Oh i was waiting for your pearls of wisdom Clitford. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Do you work for the Argus or the Sussex Express?
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 5:45pm Clifford wrote:
You don't know anything about these people, Lewesian, or why they're in the state they are. But don't let that stop you coming out with your predictable saloon bar cliches, eh? You must be very proud of yourself.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 7:24pm Lewesian wrote:
I know a lot more then you'll ever know about this Clitford so don't you dare ever question my posts. Believe me, i'd be happy to help anyone who needs it but for many of these beggers, it's a career.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 7:58pm Tim wrote:
Saw a new take on begging today, near Brighton Station. Well dressed lady approaching females on the steps down to Sainsbury's and saying she had done a silly thing by leaving her credit card at home and needed to buy a train ticket. Offered to give people her address so she could pay it back. She was there at 10:30 and still there early afternoon.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 8:16pm Feline wrote:
Did she have long dark hair? If so she's been doing that sort of scam for years.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 8:18pm Pedant wrote:
Beggars, for goodness' sake!
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 8:18pm Tim wrote:
@Feline, probably early forties, long dark hair, camel coloured coat, handbag and black trousers.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 9:06pm Blois Road wrote:
Begging in Lewes is a scam and the (begging equivalent of a) pimp organises most of it. If you time it correctly, you can see them start and finish their shifts.
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On 4 Feb 2017 at 11:16pm Dexter wrote:
Some of the thumbs up/down & comments on this string are shocking. Relating begging to council housing (what council housing) & subsidised lifestyles is beyond rational comprehention. Perhaps we are getting beyond that in the age of 'alternative facts'. I remember the homeless problem of the 80's/early 90's. Shop doorways stinking of piss, care in the community, cardboard cities.
There was a Conservative government then as well.
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On 5 Feb 2017 at 1:40am lewes man wrote:
The scum bags which you are talking about 4 of them push drugs walk around with a brown bag with drugs in . seen this first hand .going in and out of a flat in lewes
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On 5 Feb 2017 at 7:41am Ghost Of Maggie wrote:
What are you saying about our government, Dexter ? Just rejoice and be thankful we got the Falklands back.
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On 5 Feb 2017 at 10:58pm Matt Sharpe wrote:
Mr. Green light,
You really should get out more !! It's the same ones ! Just that some rotate where they sit ! Look back at my post from last month !!!
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 12:17am Jeff wrote:
@lewesian
How are they ripping people off?
 
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 7:45am mr green light wrote:
That really makes sense what you said Matt, read it back and start again! bit nobbish!!!!
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 10:26am Angry wrote:
They are con artists. Much like those that come round knocking on your door. They are out to take advantage of genuinely nice people who think they are bona fide homeless. They are almost certain to be drug users, almost certainly to be on benefits and almost certainly to have turned down offers of a job.
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 11:14am Jonass wrote:
Steady Angry the fluffy Liberals of Lewes don't like the truth
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 12:22pm anon wrote:
not all of them are fake ,sorry to say angry
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 2:56pm Angry wrote:
i followed one once. he went back to landport flat
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 3:02pm Pedro wrote:
This thread topic seems to get dug up at least once a month. The police and DWP need to crack down on fraudulent claims on benefits, and the government need to invest a lot more in support services to help people (whether they are homeless or not) combat addiction. The government generates huge revenues from booze/cigarette duties, so one would hope that a bigger slice of these profits could go back into helping addicts which in turn would lead to less crime, less burden on NHS, reduced antisocial behaviour and of homelessness/begging.
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 4:01pm yawn wrote:
@pedro...booze/fags....change the record
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 4:06pm Qwerty wrote:
I heard a police officer telling someone, who gave the lady outside nationwide a coffee, not to do it.
Reason why : she has a house in Eastbourne but comes to lewes as she 'earns ' more money here.
The police lady then said she was a user and should be discouraged.
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm Pedro wrote:
@ yawn - thanks for bothering to read and reply to my post again though.

There is clearly a problem with addictions, so why would it not be sensible to pump money into helping addicts? We know that it works, so seems daft not to. We know many people who are homeless, or purporting to be homeless, have addiction problems, so perhaps it may be a shrewd move to resolve this issue instead of letting the problem get worse and costing the UK taxpayer more money.
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 4:38pm Beggars are Buggers wrote:
and that's that.
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 7:31pm Mark wrote:
It's only a straw poll, obviously but what an amazing collection of red-neck, trailer-trash attitudes. Narcotics have been common for decades. In common use since the 1960s. Chucking people off benefits at any opportunity is a new development. People having to step over sleeping bags all over the streets of Lewes is also new. It's hardly rocket science.
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On 6 Feb 2017 at 9:17pm Pedro wrote:
There will probably be quite a few mentally deficient weirdos on this forum, who think that every individual begging in the streets of Lewes is a fraud...but those homeless veterans on the streets covered frequently in the Daily Mail are absolutely legitimate and its a tragedy and miscarriage of justice, as the migrants have taken their homes and jobs.


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