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Swedish charity seeks to employ 'beggars'

Swedish charity seeks to employ 'beggars'

Published: 09 Aug 2012 15:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Aug 2012 15:37 GMT+02:00

“It works just like crowd funding,” explained co-founder Jan Persson to The Local.

“We hire people to beg, they decide how they want to do it under our coaching, and then we pay them a wage of 100 kronor ($14.9) per hour. Plus they get to keep 50 percent of the money they are given.”

The company, Persondesign, is a newly founded company in Sweden’s charity sector.

They have placed an advertisement in the Situation Stockholm magazine, sold by homeless people on the streets of the capital, calling for 50 beggars to work the busy central Stockholm street of Drottninggatan on August 18th for four hours.

“We’re hoping to hear from all sorts of people. Those who may already be beggars, students, unemployed people – anyone really,” Persson said.

According to Persson, the response has already been large, with 30 people already signed up for the shift, although not all the feedback has been positive.

“We knew the idea would be a bit provocative, and together with the positive responses we have had a lot of negativity. Many people don’t want any more beggars on the streets of Stockholm.”

And how does Persson anticipate the outcome?

“It’s impossible to say, we don’t think this has been done before, but if it works – it works. We’re running a business and we want to make the world a better place,” Persson told the Local.

“Why not do this through begging?”

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Your comments about this article

18:33 August 9, 2012 by Acta
Find some suitable jobs for them if you really want to make the world a better place....
04:07 August 10, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Paying these bums to beg??!! What has the world come to?!
08:37 August 10, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
Good way to add economic incentives for Roma to pour into Sthlm. Good job guys!
14:29 August 10, 2012 by Marc the Texan
The ignorance is stunning, yet somehow not surprising.
18:22 August 12, 2012 by matona1
i think something is wrong with europe,everything is turning upside down,employing begers to beg?instead of taking beggers off the street.
17:59 August 13, 2012 by alecLoTh
Misguided, however well intentioned these people may be.
19:08 August 13, 2012 by maurice maure
i wonder if they'll be able to recruit any people this way. if yes, its cause people must be pretty desperate... with the dismantling of the welfare system, one would not be surprised if some persons actually gave it a go! hmm, i think ill sign up just to see what it is all about
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