Tainan Night Market and Scooter Ride Videos

Here are a few videos our friend Graham Dart made. One is of a beggar at the Tainan night market, and the other is a short night time scooter ride. Regarding the beggar, this is the first I have seen of this kind of begging in Taiwan.

During my visits to Thailand, it was very common to see seriously disabled and disfigured people crawling on the ground, pushing a collection box with whatever they could. I was told that even these people are exploited. The story goes that these disabled people have a sort of manager, a wrangler that has several disabled people under their supervision. The wranglers will set them out in the morning, and pick them all up in the late evening. They will also take whatever collection money is made and use it just to feed and shelter the people. So, it is basically like a job.

The disabled people crawl around on the filthy streets, in the baking Thailand sun for 12 – 16 hours a day, pushing a box, maybe even with their nose, just to get enough to be able to make a few bucks for their wrangler and be able to do it again the next day. It is a terribly sad sight to see, and even sadder it seems that these people will never be able to get the help they need. It is indeed a wicked world out there. It is an eye opening experience to see people like this.

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One Response to “ Tainan Night Market and Scooter Ride Videos ”

  1. I’ve seen someone like that begging at the ShiDa night market in Taipei and the first thing I wondered was how he got there since he could only sort of roll/crawl on the floor. His face was badly disfigured and he had both legs amputated. I just wanted to cry when I saw him but yeah, I did wonder how he got to the market each time I went there.

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