A 26-year-old woman seen begging for half a year outside the Taipei Metro Dingxi Station with a neat and tidy appearance told reporters that it was her wish to be a beggar.
This woman, surnamed Su, has been sitting and begging outside Dingxi Station for half a year. Unlike other beggars, she doesn’t carry a noticeably bad odor and she dresses in decent attire. Every day, Su stays inside an underpass. She cleans the floor with a mop before going to sleep and she goes to public toilets to wash her face.
At 7:00 a.m. each morning, Su buys a cup of green tea before taking the bus to Dingxi Station to begin begging. At noon, she goes back to her “paradise underpass” for an afternoon nap. She continues begging from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside the station and claims that each day, she can earn around 200 to 500 TWD (around 44 to 104 RMB). Every two to tree days, Su goes to the nearby swimming pool to shower and wash her clothes. She goes back to the underpass to sleep around 10:00 p.m.
Indeed, Su previously lived in Xindian District in Taipei, but said she led an idle life at home after quitting her job. As her parents could not put up with her lack of motivation and work ethic, they argued with her and threw her out of the house six months ago.
“My parents don’t love me anymore because I don’t go to work. My elder brother doesn’t want to support my living either,” she said.
Su said she tried to find jobs after graduating from school, but that employers were ‘abusing’ her.
“The job was very tough. I was a cleaner in a hospital but the boss didn’t give me the gloves. I would die if I touched those bio-medical wastes,” she said.
Su said she actually prefers the peace that comes with begging. “Being a beggar doesn’t require me to go stealing or robbing. The life now is quite relaxing.”
Her parents told Apple Daily reporters that they didn’t want to know about what their daughter was doing. Her mom said that while their two sons were working hard to earn a living, their daughter constantly asked for money from the family and refused to work. Her father, who suffers from laryngostenosis, added, “If she wants to go then just go. It’s good for herself and the family,”
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[Video Via YouTube]
By Jennifer Hui