New Zealanders are fuming at an Australian man and his German girlfriend, who have revealed on Instagram that they’ve been backpacking around NZ without spending any money. How? By lining up with local homeless people at soup kitchens, of course.

Enoch Orious and partner Anna Karg posted details of their scheme on their Instagram, @freefrommoney, telling a supposed-to-be-heartwarming with apparently zero self-reflection about how they met a homeless bloke while lining up at the Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington and gave him $50. While still partaking of the free grub on offer, obviously.

Day 13: We believe in the night. Arriving at the #soupkitchen in #wellington after the #darknight, we ran into this funny and intelligent guy named Pete. Anna had met him at #waitangipark the other day while having a moment at the waterfront. He was making sure everything was alright and they had a short but deep conversation about society. We all ended up sitting at the same table while having #coffee and a delicious #vegetarian soup with bread. We were so thankful for that warming start to the day and are deeply inspired by Eru (who is a #socialworker) and all his #volunteers working there. Keep up the great work – it's people like you that make the world a better place! ???????? Pete walked us to the #library and enjoyed the beautiful morning sun with us. At the moment, he is living in his car and even though #thesystem hasn't treated him very good, he is one of the happiest and funniest people we have got to know. He just stopped drinking alcohol and is full of energy and life. He understood some time ago that there is nothing more important than to #enjoyeveryday no matter how much you own. It's not having what you want – it's wanting what you've got! The day before, Enoch found 50 dollars while checking out a supermarket for #foodscraps. We were pretty amused about the irony of this situation and decided straight away to not keep it but give it to someone who truly needs it. So when we met Pete again, who treated us like friends straight away and who tried to help us like family, we gave him this valuable paper. He couldn't believe his luck but eventually accepted our gift humbly. No reason to feel bad, brother, #whatgoesaround comes around – you deserve it! We don't intend to blow our own trumpets as Samaritans, we just want to show that giving a little means a lot to anybody. So #sharethelove because #sharingiscaring ???????? #freefrommoney #travelwithoutmoney #livingwithoutmoney #spreadthelove #love #peace #equality #backpacking #truewealth #forgetaboutthepricetag #inspiration #ghettogospel #spirituality #faith

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Their charity-scamming has been universally panned by commenters on Insta, and has even attracted the ire of a Wellington city councillor, who told Newstalk ZB:

I don’t think it’s appropriate to be using soup kitchens or social services just because you want to be able to travel around on the cheap.

He made a distinction between what Orious and Karg are doing, and the arrangements some soup kitchens have with tourists who offer help in exchange for food – which, just so we’re absolutely clear, is not what the couple were doing at all.

While Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen manager Karen Holland said that she did not have a problem serving the backpackers, saying, “We offer hospitality to whoever comes, we ask no questions, and we treat everybody with a great deal of respect,” she also said that she understood where Wellingtonians‘ anger was coming from.

I think that they feel that it is a sign of disrespect when people that can afford to buy food come and take advantage – but we at the soup kitchen can’t allow ourselves to feel that way.

Karen Holland is a saint, but I am not, and as such I can say without reservation that going to a soup kitchen when you’ve merely decided that you don’t want to spent the significant amount of money that you have is a serious dog act, regardless of how much New Age twaddle you couch it in. Pay for your food, ya jerks.

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