Money shouldn’t buy help
I think WeChat’s hongbao function has made users expose more of their materialistic side ( Spotting a WeChat beggar, February 27).
Like the author, I’ve also met some WeChat beggars. If it is a close friend who asks for a hongbao, I forward him or her several yuan without hesitation because I know they do it for fun and are not really demanding money. But if it is from an acquaintance, I find it annoying and ignore it.
Also, I don’t like the current behavior in WeChat groups where someone asks for a favor and sends a hongbao to get more attention.
There are other, more altruistic reasons for helping others outside of money. Why do people nowadays think sending money is the only way to get people to lend a hand? Emma Wang, by e-mail