Jim and I went out one night to capture some imagery. As we’re hanging out doing this and that, a kid comes up to us and gestures that he wants us to take a picture of him. He’s carrying an empty cup, but we didn’t really think anything of it. We took some photos with him, showed him our equipment a little, and just hung out and talked. Jim speaks a pretty good amount of Chinese, so he was able to communicate with the kid.
Anyway, after about 10 minutes of hanging out, the kid decides it’s time to beg. He starts telling us how hungry he is. He starts grabbing our hands and hugging us. As he walks beside us we hear his money clanking around in his pocket, though he refuses to speak to us about it.
Lesson learned: if a kid is super friendly with you, get ready for some begging. We caved and gave him a few singles for the photos we took with him.