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Beggars need to be creative as they have to keep coming up with ingenious ideas, a colleague declared. As someone who refrains from giving alms, the colleague was accosted outside a Metro station by a young woman with a child in her arms.

The woman, who appeared to be from a decent middle-class home, narrated how she was visiting Delhi and all her belongings and money had been stolen. She said she needed some money to feed her child as well as return home. Judging the woman to be genuine, our friend gave her some money.

But she realised that she had been conned when another colleague later told her that this woman was frequently seen at several Metro stations and bus stands, doling out the same sobstory!

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