Homeless man warns people not to give money to homeless people

Robert Marriner 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A homeless man of Australia, came out to publicly to discourage people from giving money to homeless people like himself.

Robert Marriner, 52, who is a homeless in Auckland, intends to discourage people from giving money to beggars because most often it is used to feed an addiction of drugs or alcohol.

“Please, whoever is in the community, please stop giving hustlers money,” he added.

He explained that if someone wants to help homeless people, they should give something like a blanket or food like a sandwich or pie.

“No one is hungry or starving because we have the Salvation Army helping us, we have a church helping us, and we have a lot of people helping us.

“I would be grateful if someone gave me a blanket, but with money, what you can do with it at this time of night, all you can do is meet with the buyer and buy some s**t from them,” Marriner explained.

Marriner knows the street life very well He has been living on the streets since 1984, after escaping his abusive father.

Marriner said that he saw his father beat up his mother, and he was often beaten by him. Sadly, when he went to school and he was unable to sit because his backside was sore, he was punished for misbehaving.

Marriner admits that he was in and out of prison because he followed in his father’s footsteps. He did time for domestic violence, burglaries and drug dealing.