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Beggars on Melbourne trains are hassling, and at times badgering, commuters for money during peak times.
mX witnessed a beggar on a Laverton-bound train claiming to be homeless and asking for spare change.
The man, who appeared intoxicated, intimidated passengers and stared them down until he was given money. In another incident, mX reader Michelle tweeted that she had seen the same man begging two mornings in a row on the Sydenham line.
"Guy walked up and down the aisle asking passengers for money, have noticed a fair few on that line in recent months" Michelle tweeted.
Other readers confirmed they'd seen beggars on trains.Victoria Police Transit Safety Division Inspector Anne Pattison said begging was often very confronting and commuters might feel obliged to hand over money.Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said people should not encourage begging by giving money to beggars on trains.
But Hanover Welfare Services chief executive Tony Kennan said people should be tolerant of those driven to beg. "Oftne people who beg have very legitimate needs, although sometimes people will be scamming," he said.
Metro Trains spokeswoman Geraldine Mitchell said, for beggars to be apprehended, they had to be caught. "We encourage our customers to report this behaviour by contacting Victoria Police or by telephoning Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.
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