we get a lot of baskers in our town centre. while out shopping one day saw one, did not take much notice untill a few hours later saw the same man with his gear on a trolly loading up into a mercedes parked opposite our home [close to town centre] the mercedes was only about 3 years old.
another time saw a busker who whistles tunes next day we were in bournmouth over 100 miles away saw him there too must be a full time job [tax free]
dont give to tramps as it all goes on cider. but would help a genuine person and have done many times.
In the 70's gave a lift in middle of night to a stranded stranger, turned out to be dave allen and at a later date got invited to his show.
I just heard on breakfast tv from Vanessa Feltz advertising her program, 'Someone told me the other day they were coming out of mcdonalds eating a burger and a homeless man came up and said he hadn't eaten for two days.' He replied, 'I admire your restraint.'
Just a few thoughts: I have helped at soup kitchens, bought the Big Issue, generally helped in organised situations . On occasions I have bought a cup of tea but would not give money. The reason is obvious. But even with altruistic views, you might not actually have the money to spare. People should not need to beg for basics, it is a good idea to know the organisations, such as Centrepoint and point the people in the right direction.
As for buskers, as far as I am aware, many of them are talented musicians who have a licence to perform on their 'patch'? It may not always be the case but if I liked the music I might put in a little loose change. Wheen you see how much they get, you need not be concerned, some people drop large amounts. I think it was Britain's Got Talent, or a similar programme, who put their top scoring contestents in the Underground, busking, a couple years ago. Most people ignored them but a few recognised them quite quickly.