eshda3wa

November 10, 2007

Begging Kids



Last Time I was in Kuwait I passed by sultan center in Salwa to grab a few things. As I was walking in I saw a bunch of kids playing, they were probably in third or fourth grade. When I got closer I heard one kid whisper to the other
"agoolaha?" , "should I tell her"
I stopped thinki
ng maybe my zipper was open and they wanted to tell me, but that wasn't the case, so i asked them, tell me what?
Boy : khalte 3ndich efloos? (aunti do u have any money?)

I stood there for a few seconds contemplating what I should do next. They were very well dressed, and imbayen they were not poor or anything like that, so why were they asking for money?

Me: what do you want money for?
Boy: just like that
Me: do you do this often?
Boy: yes we come here everyday and ask people for money en6er
Me: Are you poor?
Boy: yes
Me: you know god knows if your not telling the truth
Boy: no wallah we are i swear
Me: do your parents know you do this?

at this point one of the kids ran off, but i managed to grab the arm of the other one, he started wiggling and crying, please let me go, please let me go.

Me: don't worry I wont hurt you I just want to talk to you
Boy: I wont do it again please don't tell my mom
Me: I wont tell your mom, but what your doing is wrong, when you lie to people and take their money its very bad
Boy: ok ok
Me: if you do this again I'm going to find your parents and tell them!

I let him go and he ran off.


I gave you the very short version of the story, I must have stood there for half an hour talking to the boys, and they only answered my questions after I promised them money.

I have to add it was around 9 or 10 pm on a school night.

I was very bothered by what was happening on so many different levels!
why were they out so late unsupervised, and where did they come off thinking it was ok for them to ask strangers for money!
I should have called the cops and have them take the boys to the station and call their parents, but I highly doubt our cops would care.

posted by eshda3wa at 3:12 AM

37 Comments:

Ya7laylich wallah lol 6aaga suwalif ma3ahom! Istanast 3alaych :P 3asa bas 3a6ayteehom, at least y3ny, just to clear your conscience, if they really happen to be poor. Bas 9ij, it was pretty late for lil kids to be out all alone. Fara'6an a7ad rakabhom sayara or some shit like that... uncool

November 10, 2007 at 5:20 AM  

umm wala this is bad ! why would kids at that age beg for money if they dont need it and they are not poor ! the real question is where are their parents ! my god they need help ! as i believe that they are either sick or got nothing to do but play sick games !

November 10, 2007 at 6:03 AM  

I've gotta say that was a little scary. But I bet they wanted the money to buy some cigarettes or something similar (you know something bad).

I applaud the way you handle the situation though.

November 10, 2007 at 6:14 AM  

so you still gave them money? LOL

November 10, 2007 at 8:33 AM  

waiii kids!! i'm not a big fan :s

i blame the parents! 9 pm! we used to be in bed by that time when we were kids!
it's great what u did dear, other ppl would just walk by n ignore them!

i salute u!

-hugs- :*

November 10, 2007 at 9:05 AM  

wein ahalhom 3anhom ?

November 10, 2007 at 10:34 AM  

Wow wala denya! Wain ahaly hal yahal?! Bas it9adgeen its not unusal to see kids alone hal ayam or even little children ma3a il khadam!!!
The other day I was driving in 3dailiya wela ashoof 2 little kids probably 3 walking with their maids, it was around 8 PM!!!
I was thinking shino hal ahaal ili imkhaleen 3yalhum ma3a il khadam bilail!!! Oo not even bil 7adeeqa ga3deen imashoonhum bil shari3!

November 10, 2007 at 10:53 AM  

That is horrible! I mean if they want money that bad, they should ask their parents!

November 10, 2007 at 11:28 AM  

Times are changing ! we do get teenaged boys come and ask for money to go back home , Once i saw this Indian dude, may be 14,15 years old roaming in Mall with his girlfriend , after an hour he came to my shop and was begging money to go home .... I gave nus dinar out of pity ... turns out that he begged and made money from most of the neigbouring shops ....

November 10, 2007 at 11:48 AM  

someone has to inform their parents which i dont think give a crap and never took the time to raise their kids properly

November 10, 2007 at 12:18 PM  

I know exactly what you are talking about, when kids walk up to me I always ask them where are their parents and I ask them to give me their mobile number so I call them. It drives me nuts when they do that, where are their parents, there are lots of low income parents who take care of their kids and teach them rules and the importance of them, not like this.

The worse thing is the parents are letting these kids run around in the streets!

November 10, 2007 at 12:32 PM  

walah this is sad , o ya36eech l 3afeya . we shouldn`t remain silent to these things . in the area that i am living now ( al rehab ) kids are stying out late till 10 or 11 p.m and some of them r only 4 years old walah

when i talked to them once they gave me a finger

i don`t know how could thir parants raised them like that

November 10, 2007 at 2:42 PM  

il sharha 3al ahaal!! shlon chethe emhyten e3yalhom ;/ shay ey7er 9ej!

November 10, 2007 at 3:31 PM  

haaw?????

November 10, 2007 at 3:45 PM  

Why am I not shocked?

I have been living in salwa for 26 years and I see it every day..Not just near sultan center even near the c0-op..I have never seen anyone supervising them..

November 10, 2007 at 4:06 PM  

elsharha 3ala ahaleehom ;/

November 10, 2007 at 6:05 PM  

looool il boys illy ib markaz 9ul6an salwa 5eff 6eena!! one was in their fiding " raw meat" for his bird :P a falcon that sat on his right hand oo he wanted something ib 10 fils :P oo youm lega mako 3a99ab ooo threw a tantrum!!

November 10, 2007 at 6:16 PM  

moments like that make we wish Kuwait had the social system that Canada has!!!

cuz in such situations the government will take custody of the kids if the parents are neglecting them!!

ow kelmat neglect wayeeed qaleelah be7ag some parents in kuwait

November 10, 2007 at 6:24 PM  

loooooool 7asetah ygol eb galbah el3an oboo elsa3ah ellle 6araiyt feha :P

seriously, zain sawaity!

wallah hathe moshkelah 9ej mentashra bel dera hal ayam!

November 10, 2007 at 7:58 PM  

Allah yekhaly Merry and Raju !

November 10, 2007 at 8:40 PM  

Lol! ya7lelich :P
lo ana agooluhum La2 ma3indi wamshee 3anhum :P

November 10, 2007 at 10:17 PM  

whats up with markaz sultan ??


I always see those kids .. I even mentioned them n my last post n markaz sultan !!

November 10, 2007 at 10:30 PM  

I don't think its a big deal. I think they are asking money just for fun. Maybe they have an inside joke between each other on who makes more money from people. loool.

I wonder why they wanted to ask you. Maybe you looked so gullible. ;)

November 10, 2007 at 11:08 PM  

I tell beggars to straight up talk to the HAND, there are special places for those people like bait ilzakat why ask people. having said that, was it summer? very "Stand By Me" the movie

November 11, 2007 at 1:04 AM  

wow, why would they do that if they didnt need to? who taught them?? it is truly disturbing , ya3ni theyre out that late, and theyre begging when they dnt need to or anything

November 11, 2007 at 10:30 AM  

i have a worse story; these 6 kids used to come to adliya (share3 el 7ub) every weekend to 6er... theyre around 5 or 6 or 7 years old, and every weekend they were there. turns out their dad sends them there to collect cash. wehn i talked to them, figured out they collect around 40 or 50 dinars a day, EACH! So just by sending his 6 kids out on the weekend, the guy made around 2000 dinars a month :S

November 11, 2007 at 11:36 AM  

O555 qaweyya =0

wullah, you should`ve called the police, their parents should know bout that..I hate this kind of parents, ya3ny 3yalhom hayteen o ma yadroon 3anhom!! kids wulla kids, ba3dean we read in the news paper that some kid got raped in salwa, wela kidnaped...

nas mayta to have kids, o nas china their kids 6al3enlhom d3aya ma3a go6y 9aboon, wela fayzeen fehom fe sa7b mal eljam3eyya!!

November 11, 2007 at 1:08 PM  

At least their parents don’t know, here some ask their kids y6roon :S (bs min jed wain ahlhom 3anhom????!!!!!) wallah my dad once asked a boy and he said that his dad bought a new car w yb'3a floos 3shan ydfa3 al28sa6 :S you know 7ram 3alehom y3lamonhomhal ashya2.

Truly it’s a pity that a kid doesn’t ask his parents for money and asks ppl for it.

November 11, 2007 at 3:38 PM  

Zain sawaitai feehom. They should know better than that.

November 11, 2007 at 10:23 PM  

Wow you're tough lol i would be too scared to do that : ) i hope they learnt their lesson i worry about those kids kella a7es someone will hit them while driving or they might get lost..

November 11, 2007 at 10:38 PM  

This is really sad .. wallah smeone must take a serious step to stop such incidents

November 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM  

Hmm I saw these kids too, it's so sad that their parents leave them out on the streets to do that, if they were not poor assuming.. I dunno, someone has to start a campaign on that..

November 12, 2007 at 1:21 AM  

Shit this is bad.

It makes me worried to think that perhaps they are doing this for other purposes, like getting drugs or something. Maybe they are working for someone else in this matter.

What happened to kids? What is wrong with parents and society these days! Can't people be careful anymore?!

November 12, 2007 at 10:40 AM  

Its so sad to see the society just stoop so low! Where are the parents of these kids? Why wud they be out so late all alone? I cant understand- Why have kids, if u are not capapble of taking care of them and being responsible for there well being? They are gifts from God- they shud be taken care of and taught right from wrong....shame on them and shame on the parents walla.

November 12, 2007 at 1:23 PM  

It is the fault of thier parents...yeah thats why kel mal o el 7al yetrada..mako tarbiya...thats why i dont get mad at assholes in streets :p..u can't blame them....wallah yabeela to write topic about that....interesting story lady!!

November 12, 2007 at 6:35 PM  

that is terrible! how can kids that come from possibly a good home beg for money from strangers in a shopping mall?

seriously speaking, it may not be totally the parents fault because when kids are out and about, parents really won't know what they're up to. but to be out late on a school night is definitely the result of parental neglect!

overall, you handled the situation very well. kudos to you, my friend!

November 12, 2007 at 6:49 PM  

kids beg like crazy here in bahrain. but i think many of them are poor, altho at Eid, many were at the grocery store asking every single car that stopped for money. hubby can't stand it and will usualy only give them a few fils.

i can't stand to see kids begging, especially when they aren't poor... makes me wonder who taught them this and why a child would even do this!

November 18, 2007 at 1:50 PM  

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