Dubai: Beggar arrested for using a weighing scale as a ploy to beg for money

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Dubai: Beggar arrested for using a weighing scale as a ploy to beg for money

In Al Muraqqabat, Dubai Police apprehended a street beggar who offered pedestrians a scale to weigh themselves for Dh1.

Colonel Ahmad Al Adidi, Acting Director of Anti-infiltrators at the General Department of Criminal Investigation, stated that the beggar was apprehended in collaboration with the Al Muraqqabat Police Station after he was seen asking passersby to weigh themselves for Dh1.

“This is a new type of begging we are witnessing, besides the more common practices of selling Islamic artifacts like the beads, Quran-designed artifacts, and decoration items,” Al Adidi said.

In a campaign launched in March by the General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID), together with the Dubai Police stations and strategic partners, crackdowns on begging have intensified.

He advised the public not to respond to beggars’ stories about their financial or health issues to acquire sympathy and money.

According to Al Adidi, specialized teams have been formed to combat begging across the Emirate before the start of Ramadan and to monitor areas frequented by beggars. BKM/ Expat Media


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