I detest it when they use them to beg for money though.
I've seen beggars playing the pipes in Amsterdam, Berlin & Toronto.
I'll listen to them all day, but they wouldn't get one sniff at what's in my wallet
Best 'pipes story I heard was one my brother told me...
His m8 was at Ayres rock in Australia blasting out some lungfulls of pipe music.
The surrounding crowd of Japanese were going daft taking pictures & videoing him.
After he had finished...One wee Scottish bloke wandered out of the crowd and said to him quietly, with a smile on his face...
"Listen pal...I'm probably the only other person on the tour group that recognises that tune...I may be catholic, but I still know the sash when I hear it"