57 Times People Saw Infuriating ‘Choosing Beggars’ In Action And Just Had To Share (New Pics)

We have all heard it a million times: beggars can’t be choosers. Whether your mother slipped in the phrase when offering you a cookie (but not the type of cookie you wanted!) or you had to use it when dealing with a demanding houseguest who had taken advantage of your hospitality, the saying rings a lot of truth and bears repeating. Yet somehow, not everyone learned the importance of this adage, and some entitled individuals are out there right now wreaking havoc in Instagram DMs, on Facebook marketplace and other places online demanding free art, discounted services and other outlandish requests. 

Apparently, beggars can be choosers, they will just be ridiculed for it online. We've gone through the Choosing Beggars subreddit to gather some of the most infuriating posts to share with you all down below, so be sure to upvote the pics that make you want to call up these people’s parents and tell them that they need a reminder that “beggars can’t be choosers”. And then if you’re looking for even more of these frustrating posts after finishing this list, be sure to check out Bored Panda’s last publication featuring the same subreddit right here.

#1 This Is How You Deal With Them

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The Choosing Beggars subreddit features a variety of different situations, from people actually begging for money or services to individuals demanding that they receive special treatment from artists who make a living selling their creations. (No, exposure and networking do not pay the bills.) And some of these posts are astonishing. The sheer level of entitlement some people exhibit is ridiculous, but sadly, it is not uncommon. This subreddit has over 2 million members and receives new posts almost constantly. 

The page is flooded with potential landlords offering ridiculous accommodation and people asking photographers to shoot events for free because “there will be a lot of future clients there”. But the moderators do clarify who counts as a “choosy beggar” to keep the group from getting out of control. For example, the beggar must be a “person seeking goods or services at a reduced cost, for free, or for a laughably lopsided trade or a person using social media, dating apps, or otherwise to seek out a specific type of relationship”. 

#2 Waaahhh I Didn’t Get A Less Than $2 Discount At An Already Fairly Priced Diner

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#3 Customer Is Upset That A Mattress Store Won’t… Help Them Move…?

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When it comes to how “choosy” people must be to qualify for a post on the page, the rules state that they must “have unreasonable standards or have a comical sense of entitlement”. I wish that it was not so easy to find people like that, but clearly, the page proves that there are many encounters with choosy beggars every day. When it comes to who does not qualify to be roasted on the page, the moderators have set some more ground rules.

“Unattractive people seeking a normal relationship and having reasonable standards are not a good fit for this sub,” the rules state. “Ugly people are allowed to want a partner with a job, or no kids, or anything else we would consider reasonable for the beautiful people.” The page is not about bullying, so it’s great that there are guidelines. No one will be shamed for how they look; this is an equal opportunity page where anyone who displays gross entitlement has opened themselves up to criticism. 

#4 Ketchup Critics

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#5 $10 For A Mobile Haircut

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#6 Oh You Are Selling For $300-$600? How About $20

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The rules also clarify that “a person asking for help with life's necessities out of desperation is not a choosingbeggar”. “The person begging must be at least in the gradient of being an entitled jerk, this sub is not a place to mock poverty,” the moderators explain. They provide the example of someone running out of money and asking for gas through a Facebook status so they can make it to work. “They got the beggar part down, but this sub is not /r/beggars so that post wouldn't fit. If that same person turns down someone offering to give them a ride to work because they don't want to be seen in a PT Cruiser, then that post would fit.”

They also explain that, “A parent asking for handouts because their kids want an Xbox for Christmas and the only way that could happen is if someone donates one, that isn't a choosingbeggar.” If a person is begging without a sense of entitlement, they don’t deserve to be shamed on the page. “If that person is offered a Nintendo and they scoff at the suggestion, then that would be a good post,” the rules note.

#7 Can You Please Deliver That Free Item For Free? And I’ll Make You Feel Bad When You Decline. Smh

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#8 Influencer Wants Personal Song Written Plus One Hour Set At Wedding For Free

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#9 Forgot About This Gem From The Other Year From When I Was Trying To Sell My Old Phone!

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One of the most common issues brought up on the Choosing Beggars subreddit is the fact that people feel entitled to free art. Whether a choosy beggar wants a painter, a graphic designer, or a photographer to create something for them, they are somehow not shy at all about asking for what they want while knowing they can’t offer any money. Influencers slide into the DMs of artists and restaurants requesting free pieces and meals assuming that the “exposure will be worth it”, meanwhile the artists and chefs just want to pay rent and buy groceries without worrying about taking on extra jobs. One clever pair of artists found their own way to put choosy beggars on blast and created a whole Twitter account for it. The account is called For Exposure and was started by South Korea-based cartoonist Ryan Estrada in 2013. In fact, we even have a Bored Panda article featuring some of their best posts right here.      

#10 The Guy In The Comment Section Gets It

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#11 It's Fun To See Them Get This Kind Of Attention Once In A While

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#12 That Is Kinda Specific, Isn't It?

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The For Exposure account invites followers and fellow artists to share the most outlandish responses they have received from potential clients after informing them of their rates. “Surprised by your invoice,” reads one tweet. “I put a lot of smileys in my emails, so I thought we’d become friends and you wouldn’t charge.” Another boldly states, “If we had money for this, we’d be going after real artists… who paint on real canvases. Not the digital fake stuff.” Unfortunately, a lot of artists are willing to take on free labor at the beginning of their careers, but that does not mean they should. “I was very confused as a young artist,” Estrada told the BBC. “I had all of these people telling me that they were just small companies, so they couldn't afford to pay me, but could offer me exposure so that big companies would want to hire me.”

#13 Wants To Pay $50 For Completely Handmade Robe

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#14 Free Suv, Not Old, Low Mileage, Good On Gas

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#15 An Absurd Post In A Roommate Finder Group

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"I realized that I had to be my own advocate for my work, and figure out a way to make a living,” Estrada went on to say. And his account has clearly hit home with a lot of other creatives, as it now has over 240k followers. He wants to make it clear to those who don’t understand what being an artist is like that no matter how passionate an artist is, they are still putting in extremely hard work. Not to mention the high cost of materials that many forms of art require. “People think that art is just a fun hobby,” Estrada says. “But it's the difference between enjoying baking brownies on the weekend and working as a chef in a restaurant. That person won't be able to afford their own food if all their time goes into cooking for strangers. Many businesses just don't see that.”

#16 Entry Level Job. You Only Need To Have 10-15 Years Of Experience!

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#17 I Guess He Is Asking For A Slave?

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#18 I’d Love To Watch Your Dog For Like $2 An Hour!

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Now, you might be wondering how it is even possible for so many entitled people to exist and to demand whatever they want for little to no cost. Don’t these people understand how the world works? Well, apparently, they might just find rules unfair. According to a series of studies published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, it is very difficult to get entitled individuals to follow rules because they just don’t think they should apply to them. Emily Zitek of Cornell University and Alexander Jordan of Harvard Medical School conducted a series of studies to understand why entitled people just won’t follow rules, but nothing seemed to motivate them. 

#19 Cb Wants To Sample A Filet To Make Sure It’s Up To Family Standards

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#20 Hahahaha No

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#21 Please Make Sure It's In Good Condition Also

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“We thought that everyone would follow instructions when we told people that they would definitely get punished for not doing so, but entitled individuals still were less likely to follow instructions than less entitled individuals,” said Zitek. Finally, Zitek and Jordan reached a conclusion that, “Entitled people do not follow instructions because they would rather take a loss themselves than agree to something unfair.” Zitek explained that anyone in charge of entitled individuals, like managers or educators, needs to navigate the challenge of making rules seem “fair” to them if there is any chance of the guidelines being adhered to.

#22 Super Roomy Bathroom??!!

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#23 Too Good For The Food Bank, Whilst Begging For Groceries

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#24 This Model Looking For A Free Wedding Photographer. Dancing Will Be Free For You Too

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So what is the best way to deal with an entitled individual? According to Emily Zitek, “It is hard to change someone’s personality, and research indicates that it is particularly difficult to make someone feel or act less entitled. But we can do things to avoid reinforcing someone’s sense of entitlement. For example, when entitled people make unwarranted demands, it might be better not to give in, because doing so may make them even more certain that their entitlement is justified. And when saying ‘no’ to entitled people, it may help to explain why your refusal is fair, because perceptions of unfairness are linked to even more entitled behavior in the future.”

#25 What's The Point Of Paying Someone To Help Us Move When We Could Just Pay Professional Movers?

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#26 You Pay Me $400, Remove All My (Slightly) Damaged Decking, And Then Haul It Away. Sounds Like A Bargain

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#27 The Sense Of Entitlement Is Strong Here, Even With A Significant Portion Of Their Expenses Paid For By Family

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We hope you are amused by this list of bold "choosy beggars". Although beggars are not supposed to be choosers, clearly many of them try to be. Keep upvoting the pics that leave you baffled so your fellow pandas can roast those choosy beggars, and then let us know in the comments if you have ever dealt with an entitled person demanding far too much from you. Remember to compensate artists well, be thankful for kindness that is shown to you, and don't expect to have your cake and eat it too. If you want really delicious cake, you are not going to get it for free.

#28 I Know The Commenter's Math Is Wrong, But Still, Oof...

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#29 What If I Am Hungry At 8:01?

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#30 Anyone Have Just Too Many Tax Breaks??

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#31 Commercial Photography For A Hotel In Beverly Hills For $40. Real Estate Experience Preferred

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#32 Building Wealth On Charity

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#33 Pay Me $700/Month To Be My Caretaker And Handyman

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#34 Lady Wants Paid $200 To Remove And Haul Off Ramp

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#35 Let Your Teen Pay Me To Dog Sit… Cuz Amenities

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#36 Make Me Milk, Deliver It To Me Consistently, And Make Sure You Don’t Have That Vaccine

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#37 Twitter Art Commissioner Gets His First Choosing Beggar

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#38 Don't Even Bother Giving Me $100

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#39 Who's Down For $2.50 An Hour?

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#40 Looking For A Girlfriend, Iq Under 130 Need Not Apply. Roommate Too

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#41 Tell Me You've Never Been To A Salon W/Out Telling Me You've Never Been To A Salon

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#42 "Influencer" Wants To Post This Restaurant On Their Page But Asks For Money Off Their Bill To Do So, Owner Denies Their Offer Then Has Influencer Bash Their Restaurant On Their Ig Story

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#43 Famous Rapper Wants Expensive Breeds Of Dogs For Free

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#44 Spotted: Armchair Spender

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#45 “I Believe My Idea Will Work”

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#46 Royalty Beggar

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#47 Wife Got Her First Cb.. Came Out Of The Gates Firing

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#48 Trying To Sell A Mattress On Facebook Marketplace

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#49 Make Me A Costume

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#50 "Most Lumber As Payment"

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#51 My Sister-In-Law Has Had Enough Of The Exposure Clientele

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#52 A Neighbor Keeps Asking For More, With Better Name Blurring!

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#53 Exploiting Students For Her Financial Gain

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#54 Work For Us For Free!

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#55 Ok But Like… I Tipped 20%? Am I Wrong For Thinking That’s A Bit Off Putting To Say That To A Customer?

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#56 Didn't Even Have A Chance To Respond

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#57 We’re Not Going To Pay You Actual Money… But At Least We Can Make A Joke About It!

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