The new, high-tech way Melbourne beggars are asking for spare change
Beggars asking for money are a common sight on Melbourne streets.
But it seems the homeless now has a new way of asking for spare change.
Apparently, they’re carrying their own eftpos machines — yep, Melb beggars have gone all high-tech!
Seven News court reporter Sharnelle Vella took to Twitter at the weekend, revealing she was confronted by a beggar carrying one of the machines.
Seen in Melbourne. A man just approached me while having breakfast at a cafe and asked for $1. When I said I had no cash — HE RIPPED OUT AN EFTPOS MACHINE AND SAID HE TAKES CARD. #ihavedied 😱💳
— Sharnelle Vella (@SharnelleVella) May 26, 2018
Vella spoke to 3AW Breakfast this morning, telling Ross and John exactly how it happened.
He asked “do you have a dollar?’ and I genuinely didn’t have any cash on me and I didn’t, and he pulled out an eftpos machine and said I can take it on card too,” she said.
“At that point I died at my table,” she added.
“I said ‘Oh, nah, I’m OK’ and he went on to the next table.”
Vella said the beggar had a smirk on his face as he produced the machine, which she says was “definitely on”.
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