We all know the feeling, you are walking through town and you see someone sitting in a shop doorway asking for money, or you may even be approached by someone asking for train fare or money for a place to stay. It’s an awkward encounter and you don’t know what to do. But did you know that the majority of those begging are not homeless? A recent survey suggested that most engaged in begging in Reading have access to their own accommodation. Often, they are asking for money due to addiction. We suggest that you either offer to buy them food or a drink, or even better donate to one of the local homeless charities.