As you walk around Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market you may see some strange signs. One of these signs are warnings about the Fake Monk Mafia.
These signs seem a bit out of place, and certainly make people think - why are these signs here? What are these people doing that so bad?
Things I Learned About the Signs
- The notices started going up around the summer of 2016.
- This is part of the North End Waterfront council community to inform people of the panhandlers.
- The signs were put up in various places around the North End informing tourist about the fake panhandlers.
- Local merchants were annoyed about these people asking for money for a fake cause.
- The scam is that they slide a bracelet on your wrist and insist that you make a donation to their cause.
- Recent sightings have been near the Holocaust Memorial and around Park Street Station.
Not a Boston Problem
The Fake Monks are a problem in major cities around the world. Just about every popular tourist spot has men posing as Buddist monks harassing passers-by for money and react angrily when told no or when ignored.
Stories from around the Internet:
- New York Post - Fake Buddhist monks are the new squeegee men of New York (June 15, 2015)
- KRON (San Francisco) - People Behaving Badly: More San Francisco fake monks
- Inside Chicago - Avoid Fake Monks in Chicago
- South China Morning Post - Six ways to spot a fake Buddhist monk after Hong Kong ex-actress Mary Jean Reimer on crusade to expose them strikes again
The text on the sign reads:
Do Not Give Money to the Fake Monk Mafia!
These are not real monks. They have been harassing our visitors - please do not encourage them by giving them money.
Is you are being harassed by one of these individuals. please call Faneuil Hall Marketplace Security: 1-857-208-1585.
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