35 Infuriating ‘Choosing Beggars’ Who Think They Deserve Special Treatment (New Pics)
They say beggars can't be choosers but not everyone got the message. Unfortunately, far too many people try to lowball you on Craigslist, constantly demand things of you they're not entitled to, and even complain when something they just got isn't good enough, even though it's free. Seriously.
There's a whole subreddit dedicated exclusively to these folks. It's called r/Choosingbeggars and since its creation in 2014, the online community has grown to a 2.3 million-big army, constantly shaming those who believe the world owes them just because they're living in it.
Loyal Bored Panda readers might remember that we've already covered this subreddit (here, here, and here), but it has featured so many new cases since our last publication, we just had to release a new one.
Artists and just freelancers in general appear to be dealing with choosing beggars the most. Author Len Cristobal thinks their ridiculous offers sometimes come from what she calls distance.
“People rarely see artists, their sleeves rolled up and hunched over a desk, studying various elements of design, principles, software, methods, materials, trends, histories, and relevant industries in order to hone their craft, find opportunities where their skill set is needed, and produce sensible artwork,” Cristobal wrote. “There are people who believe that artists deserve low pay because their work does not require technical skills — as if art is produced solely by impulse, vanity, or some internal dissonance.”
But the subreddit r/ChoosingBeggars features many examples where scrooges seem to be aware of what they doing. Like the parents who use their kids to guilt-trip professionals, saying their family's holidays will be ruined if they don't get that $2,000 sofa for $75.
These acts might also have something to do with human nature. Psychologist and decision researcher Eva Krockow, Ph.D., for example, said people experience a pleasant high after receiving a freebie in an expensive world where we frequently have to pay even for visiting a public toilet.
I guess nobody will be able to avoid such clients while working in a people-oriented industry. So I guess the only thing we can do is make funny posts and laugh about them. Otherwise, all of that pain that comes from interacting with them would just be a waste.