- The begpacking phenomenon is becoming increasingly common.
- Often, they do it in countries where the average income is far lower than what they could earn working a minimum wage job at home.
- A begpacker couple singing on MRT in Singapore angered netizens.
The begpacking phenomenon is becoming increasingly common. The weirdest part of all is that they choose to do it in countries where the average income is far lower than what they could earn working from where they’re from.
With that said, a begpacker couple singing on MRT in Singapore angered a lot of netizens. Begpackers are people who travel backpacker-style on a beggar’s budget. They make it feel like people owe them to have a great time.
Recently, a foreign couple went viral for singing 1961 classic “Twist & Shout” on the MRT in Singapore, except not for the right reasons. One netizen shared a 45-second clip of a couple performing illegally on MRT and asking for donations.
She captioned it:
“Just a normal day traveling on train and met these amazing tourist on board that brought smiles to a lot faces thank you for starting my day right.”
While the uploader clearly enjoyed the performance, netizens were not too happy about the fact that begpackers believe that they have the right to do anything that they want to get money.
Some of the comments read:
“Begpackers like these just taking a gap year traveling and expect people to donate to them so they can continue traveling.”
“These are the useless begpackers, come to Asia and ask money for traveling. Like some here, I too prefer a [more quite] ride.”
“No. I rather enjoy my time in the MRT peacefully and quiet with only my music from my earpieces. Already the aunties next to me talk so loud. Adding to that, a ukulele performance? No F*CKING thanks.”
Local or not, busking in Singapore without a permit carries a fine of S$10,000. In short, what the foreign couple did was illegal. Foreigners often come to Asian countries not learning about their laws and customs and expect the locals to support their wanderlust.
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