When talented musicians perform on the street, that’s busking, and I’m all in favour of it in appropriate places (where there’s enough open space and it doesn’t obstruct the flow of pedestrians). Likewise with other talented artists or performers, whether their milieu be portraiture, dance, mime, fire-eating, juggling, or whatever. Those people deserve to be given a licence and welcomed for brightening up the cityscape. But talentless people who strum guitars and sing tunelessly are NOT buskers – they and others of their ilk are, pure and simply, beggars. I have no sympathy at all for able-bodied people who beg. They are a public nuisance and should not be tolerated. Foreigners who beg in Taiwan should be arrested and summarily deported. There can be no justification for their behaviour, and they bring shame on all foreign residents in Taiwan. Fortunately, I have not yet encountered the guy described in this thread, but he sounds like one of the worst. I have occasionally encountered others like him, who make me squirm with embarrassment and wish to hell that some policemen would come along and quickly put an end to their disgraceful display.