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Return of the begpackers: Western tourist begs for money from Thai people working at a market, pleading: 'I'm out of my savings... Please donate for my trip' (5 Pics)

A Western tourist has sparked anger after begging for money from locals working at a market in a Thai holiday resort.
The so-called 'begpacker' - calling himself Alex - was seen next to a donation box and signs pleading 'I'm out of savings... please donate for my trip' at Samkong Market on the island of Phuket.
There have been numerous reports of Western travellers begging in the country in the past. But many Thais do not know of the trend and demonstrate their generosity and hospitality by making donations, assuming they are in desperate need of help.
A Western tourist has sparked anger in Thailand after begging for money from locals working at a market
According to the website Coconuts, two unidentified men were sitting next to signs written in Thai and English.
However, it is not clear whether both were begging or one was simply a friend or someone who had just sat down to talk.
One sign said: 'My name is Alex. I’m travelling in Asia for 15 months. Sadly, I’m out of my savings, but I stay positive.'
The Thai version translated as: 'I'd like to ask for your kindness to fulfill my dream of travelling. Please donate for my trip. Thank you.'
Thai Facebook user Palm J. Sittichai appeared to criticise the men in an online post.
Last year, German Benjamin Holst, dubbed 'the big-legged beggar' because he used his deformed limb to get sympathy and cash to fund partying in Thailand, was banned from the country
Kind-hearted Thais donated hundreds of pounds to help Benjamin Holst in 2014 after they saw him begging on the street and assumed he needed help. But they were left outraged when pictures later emerged appearing to show him partying with girls in Pattaya - the country's sex tourism capital
Benjamin Holst, originally from Flensburg in Germany, suffers from a rare condition known as macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg severely inflated
'Wait a minute. They do this now?' he said, adding: 'Is this right?'
The nationality of the men is not yet clear. 
Last year, a German man dubbed 'the big-legged beggar' because he used his deformed limb to get sympathy and cash to fund partying in Thailand was banned from the country. 
Benjamin Holst, originally from Flensburg in Germany, suffers from a rare condition  known as macrodystrophia lipomatosa which has left his right leg severely inflated.
Kind-hearted Thais donated hundreds of pounds to help him in 2014 after they saw him begging on the street and assumed he needed help. 
But they were left outraged when pictures later emerged appearing to show him partying with girls in Pattaya - the country's sex tourism capital.
Last year, a series of pictures emerged showing how wealthy Western backpackers are increasingly begging across South East Asia simply to fund their trips in the region. The trend caused outrage among locals, who say the tourists are taking money from the truly needy in order to finance lifestyle choices many consider a luxury.
An attempt to reach the country in September last year, however, appeared to backfire after he was barred from boarding a flight from Zurich in Switzerland amid reports he had been blacklisted by Thai immigration.
Last year, a series of pictures emerged showing how wealthy Western backpackers are increasingly begging across South East Asia simply to fund their trips in the region.
The trend caused outrage among locals, who say the tourists are taking money from the truly needy in order to finance lifestyle choices many consider a luxury. 

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