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    Default I am fed up with tourists!

    Not all tourists of course, but the tourists who come here for a short visit and leave a wake of disaster.
    Everytime I go into town I get molested at every stop light by gangs of window washers. Why? Because foreigners throw their money at the Dominican children thinking it is a pleasure and getting there kicks off. They think they are making a difference, helping some poor kid out. Don't they have power window washers installed in their car? Don't they realize that NOW every little kid (teenagers too) thinks that the white skinned driver NEEDS the windows washed and has tons of cash to throw out?
    Yesterday it was raining, I mean pouring down and still I can't get through town without having some foam or sponge thrown out of nowhere and smacking my windshield at every stop light. This is a shame! What has been done here is irreversible. Now the window washers DEMAND payment, they expect it and NOW will give you a hard time if you tell them no.
    Also, the tourists who go driving around in their rented out little suv's and Geos in a caravan. They come up here now in the campo to get a good view of the city and ocean passing out money to all the little kids who hang out in the streets with nothing else better to do. When the caravan comes around the kids run and chase them getting money which is passed out of the windows.
    This never used to happen, at least not up here in the campo. Now it is a weekly frenzy. Don't people understand the impact they are causing by doing this? We live here. We have to deal with the aftermath of Dominican children "believing" that every foriegner is filthy rich, that they don't need to hoard there hard earned money, that they can just give it away freely to any hand that is out in front of them. This is an utter disgrace! This is causing an unforeseeable future with this kind of pattern.
    I'm not saying don't help out. I just want people to know that there are many other ways to give and to be charitable to those in need.
    I am totally fed up with this kind of behavior and ultimately we are ALL going to have to pay for it. We have to live with the consequences.

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    You can't really blame the tourists intent. I would suggest you make an attempt to educate them of the unfortunate side effect of their generosity. Maybe post signs informing them not to give handouts?

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    I give to children in the street. Maybe I shouldn't but I do...I always keep change in my pocket for that purpose. I do not know what they use the money for but I cannot walk past a child with 1 shoe on too big and another (different type) on the other foot too small. I do not think that giving a child 5 or 10 pesos is the reason that the window washers are stopping you at every light. Someone has to have some humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsanelyOne View Post
    You can't really blame the tourists intent. I would suggest you make an attempt to educate them of the unfortunate side effect of their generosity. Maybe post signs informing them not to give handouts?
    This isn't Yellowstone National Park and these are kids, not bears. The signs wouldn't stay up 5 minutes anyway. I think dealing with this kind of thing just goes with the territory if we choose to live as an expat in a third world country frequented by tourists. I would think eventually the kids would learn that you live there, and while you may look like the tourists to them, your situation is totally different.

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    Quite a few of these kids who are in the streets begging for money are earning what a typical adult earns at a regular job or sometimes even more.

    I have given small coins and even bought food for the kids I see in the street before up until one day myself and a friend of mine felt really bad for a kid whos always out begging for food and money and his shoes were literally destroyed.

    We bought him a brand new pair of sandals and a pair of sneakers for school. He was grateful and we felt good for doing it. The next hes back on the street begging in his old shoes. I asked him where his other shoes were and why he wasn't wearing them.

    He said he gets more money with his old shoes on!

    That was the last time him or any of his buddies got 1 peso or any more food from me.

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    Sking: I do agree is hard to not give to kids...

    Hmmm...I do understand what Reese is saying. It doesn't happen as much in "regular" towns as opposed to tourist towns, but even in such non-tourist places as Cotui you'll find some people asking you for money when they see you look like you just came from The US or other place.

    This promotes a culture of begging and lack of shame in these kids, as it is a lot easier to just beg for some money than work for it. I grew up poorer than most of these kids and I would have never dared beg anyone for money as pride was instilled in me by my parents from a young age...So much so that we wouldn't even go stand in line to get government handouts when the politicians came around (every four years or so).

    ...then there are those that are sent out by their parents to beg for money. Whatever money they get their parents take...most times to spend it on booze and other non-essential things.

    What I do now is that if a kid is just there asking me for money I don't give him any, but I do reward those that work for it (i.e. shine my shoes and does a good job, I give them twice as much as it costs).

    I don't know that we'll be able to do anything about this, as it is so cheap for tourists and Dominicanyorks to give some money away. They think "It's just the equivalent of a dollar"...

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    Have there been many cases of beggers doing damage to cars that dont give money?

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    "This promotes a culture of begging and lack of shame in these kids, as it is a lot easier to just beg for some money than work for it. I grew up poorer than most of these kids and I would have never dared beg anyone for money as pride was instilled in me by my parents from a young age...So much so that we wouldn't even go stand in line to get government handouts when the politicians came around (every four years or so)."

    Absolutely right. Mowing lawns, odd jobs, and shoveling snow is how my brother and I got what little spending money we had as kids. We never even considered there was another to get money other than to earn it.

    A good idea might be to offer kids a chance to earn some money instead of begging for it. It could be something as simple as picking up trash, running errands, carrying groceries, or pulling weeds and other yard work.

    With a larger group of kids, a couple neighbors might get together and assign the kids a section of the neighborhood to keep clean. If they do a good job, give them a set amount each week, not much, but enough so they feel rewarded. They would learn something of civil pride and responsibility, and also have a chance to earn some money.

    There are always small jobs to be done, and kids will appreciate the opportunity. It is difficult for kids to earn money when there are few real jobs for them to have, even when they want to work.

    Of course, this situation is compounded by the reality of there being many fatherless families, and the scarcity of positive role models, which is all the more reason for offering work instead of giving hand-outs.

    It is important to realize that the system is in effect teaching kids how to be beggers, as much as the tourists are. There are also some definite cultural influences that dissuade kids from understanding the ethics of work.

    It has to start somewhere. It might as well start with you.

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    There is not much that can be done on a large scale, I agree, without the awareness of this situation.
    It does have negative consequences though.
    Case in point:
    *We have a hard time keeping locals employed, it's so much easier to beg when the tourist trucks come around and lately this has become an ongoing trend. Even worse when the giant trucks roll up with 25-30 tourists. The pay-off is much easier for them.
    *Our housecleaner looked at a nice piece of furniture we have and asked if she could have it, that she needed it for her family. Afterall, she said, we can buy another one.
    *Prices have risen due to these hand-outs. Remember when a coke was 5 peso's? Since people give a tip for a soft-drink (sometimes more than what the drink is sold for) the vendors know that they can up their prices.
    *More and more indigenous peoples see a way out of working for their survival, just beg.
    All in all it's not only the tourists that are responsible for this situation, it's also the expats who are just as guilty.
    Think before giving away money.
    And yes it's almost at the point to where a window washer will scratch your car just because you say no. They already spit and call names, such as whore!

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    Cool ****ed on and off!!!

    i jumped out of the car last week at one of them. this guy cleaned my windows last week after a kid comes to my place and washes all vehicles and polishes all. i made him do front and back and when i got home later i realized that the water he used was so filthy it streaked my clean glass. so i jumped out and he ran away and now knows my ride...hes saying he has to eat and i told him where the restaurant was...

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