RKS True Story: Roma Panhandlers and a BMW in Athens

So I am sitting in a neighbourhood square in the Pangrati district of Athens having a late lunch with my wife and some friends. In the course of an hour 3 Roma panhandlers appeared  putting on a dramatic and a tiresome act that has been perfected over the decades. It could be Rome, Paris or Madrid. The script is the same and even better when children are part of the scam.  So this middle aged fellow comes up with two sad looking children in tow asking you buy a pack of cigarettes. When you say no he points to the children and gives a low moan. Despite his lack of a sale with us he must be doing good business as he drives away in a late model BMW.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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