I’ve never had staff ask me for food. At the Cameleon last year, some of the staff even asked me to sit with them at the buffet.
At Rancho Luna last month, I had people on the beach ask me to get them something from the buffet, but I declined. I had noticed that there was a bunch that hung out every day, endlessly demanding things from the tourists. Tourists that were nice and gave something were rewarding by even more demands. Which is why after a day or two, I spent my days elsewhere whenever possible. It was just too annoying. I think it ends up creating a real problem.
I know in front of the Breezes Jibacoa there were people begging as well when I used to go out on walks. There were only three or four when I would go out, but I had heard at one point it was pretty bad.
I think that it starts a vicious circle. Tourists just give things to people just because they ask for it. Sometimes because we want to help and sometimes because we just want them to go away and stop bugging us. The more we give in this manner, the more beggars we will attract. Then tourists will get turned off to going to these places.
I don’t mind people on the beach who have something to offer in exchange, like shells, handicrafts, artwork, cutting coconuts etc.