Another foreigner photographed helping a beggar

It seems to be a growing trend of foreigners in Thailand being caught on film helping beggars and homeless people (see latest here). It’s not known where this picture was taken, but it was posted on Facebook by Thai TV Social and within a short time it has received over 15,000 likes, 947 shares and over 1,000 comments. The majority of the Thai people commented that foreigners have a kind heart in helping people like this. Some also questioned what Thais do to help each other.

Related post: Picture of a Westerner Feeding a Homeless Man in Bangkok Re-Tweeted 450 times

7 thoughts on “Another foreigner photographed helping a beggar

  • June 6, 2012 at 11:51 am
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    It is a new photo, yes, but it is the same beggar and the same farang as in the first one that surfaces one or two weeks before. One farang is is not really a “trend”. And Richard, this word in these circonstances is very, very weird and awful!!! I hope sincerely that people would help poor and handy beggars (in Thailand and everywhere else) without shooting any photography of their kind behavior.

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    • June 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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      Bernard, I am not sure if I fully understand your comment so please forgive me if I reply incorrectly. I took another look and neither the foreigner nor the beggar in either of my blogs look the same (see link above for previous blog). Also, in both cases, I don’t believe that the picture was taken by a friend of the foreigner. They probably didn’t even know they were being photographed. Certainly the first one looked that way as the Thai photographer tweeted it herself with a comment. This one was posted on Facebook and so it is not clear what the origin is and even when it was taken.

      The point is, these people are doing random acts of kindness for people that need their help. That part is not the trend. What is becoming the trend is taking pictures of foreigners doing this and posting it on social media. If you read my previous blog, I noted that there was a notable case in China recently and now these two here in Thailand. Maybe more, I don’t know.

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  • June 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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    truly touched to know that you can still see “compassion” in the time of need.

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  • June 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm
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    His name is Christopher J. Gish ; am honored to count him as a real-life (biker) friend

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  • June 16, 2012 at 4:19 am
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    Hi Richard
    I am going to bangkok, Koh samoui and chaingmai with my 18 year old and 10 year old. Have you got some good suggestions of trips I can do with them., and not to miss, things to do. I went to Thailand in 1990 with my partner, but this is the first time on my own with my two kids.
    Manythanks Maggie

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    • June 16, 2012 at 10:14 am
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      I’m sorry, but it is very difficult to answer questions like this without knowing people personally. That’s because different things interest different people. You would need to be more specific. Also check out http://www.ThaiTravelBlogs.com where I post latest things to do in Thailand.

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