I decided to ignore all the things I have read and my own distrustful nature and gave money.
It felt so good I went to the supermarket, bought some tinned food and went back and gave that also, and an additional 10 euro.
At the end of the day you don't know what that persons story is and their situation. But at least I can sleep at night knowing I couldn't walk past an old lady on her knees begging for money.
If she is part of some elborate begging ring well good luck to her, it would be conscious to deal with and it would still be an awful living don't you think, doing that as a 'day job'?
I have never seen a beggar that old before, it broke my heart.