Manchester: Anger at sign saying beggars will spend money on ‘a solution’

Fury at Manchester sign reading Beggars will spend your money on'a solution'

The sign in Manchester city center has been criticized as ‘disgusting’ (Image: MEN Media)

A “disgusting” sign telling people not to give money to the homeless if they spend it on drugs will be removed.

The sign in Manchester city center calling vulnerable people “beggars” suggests they will use cash for “a solution”.

The sign reads, “Dinner or Drugs?” followed by: “Would you give a beggar a pound for a fix?” Give to the box, not to the beggar.’

Below the shield is a metal box with a small opening into which money can be placed.

It is not known who put the sign on the wall or how long it has stood under the arches in Great Northern Square.

However, Manchester City Council has confirmed it is a “very old sign” which they “do not endorse”.

Sharing a picture of the sign on Twitter, Harry Jones wrote: “This is freaking gross?”

It was met with a barrage of angry comments. “This is freaking gross and so stupid there is no indication what charity or whatever the money in the box goes to,” one person wrote.

Another simply put it: “That’s a shame.”

In response to Mr Jones, a council spokesman said: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is a very old sign and we definitely do not endorse this message and will have it removed as soon as possible.’

How you can actually help the homeless

If you are in England or Wales, the best thing to do is to contact Streetlink if you see someone who is having trouble sleeping.

This will send a notification to a local help service – e.g. B. Your local authority or a charity for the homeless like St Mungo’s.

You can then track down the person sleeping in the bed to ensure they are aware of the support available to them.

You must provide the exact location of the person you are concerned about by describing the area and locating it on a map – and what time of day you saw or interacted with them.

Provide a description of their appearance, name, age (if possible), and other identifying characteristics to help the outreach service identify them.

BRADFORD-ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: A woman wearing a mask walks past a homeless tent in Bradford city center on February 12, 2021 in Bradford, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

There are many ways you can help homeless people on Britain’s streets (Picture: Getty)

If you need to get in touch now, send your Streetlink notification through their website. Or call 0300 500 0914.

This advice applies to adults only. If the person appears to be under 18, you should contact the police instead.

Call 999 in an emergency when you think someone needs immediate medical attention.

Finally you can contact your municipal administration to make a report or ensure assistance is provided to anyone you spot at the scene. Find the best contact number or email address on

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Justin Scacco

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