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Old 05-09-2017, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Panhandling

It's starting up again here around my work area, Yes I said work area.

I understand being homeless and how easily that can happen. My parents brought that on us when I was a child and we went 2 months with no place to live.

What I still don't quit get is the physical ability to stand 5 days a week on a stoplight corner, between hot concrete roads or black top from 10am or noon until 4pm or 5pm with a sign that says unable to find work, or homeless but yet claim they can't find work or physically can not work due to health reasons?
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are several of them around my town. There were 2 of them competing for the Walmart exit... location, location, location. Another guy who used to set up in front of a local supermarket had a sign that said "Passing through, on my way home, ran out of money, please help me or my dog" He had a medium sized dog with him... and lived in an apartment a couple blocks from the store... Go figure...
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmm. I know a bunch of dudes who get big fat checks from the government every month because they have similar claims. They ride big expensive motorcycles, go skiing, go snowboarding, go hunting, play sports, and have nice high-paying government jobs.

I can't figure out which is worse.
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Got plenty of them around here, almost every intersection that has a red light. Vast majority of them are known addicts. They won't leave until people stop supporting their habits.
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Got plenty of them around here, almost every intersection that has a red light. Vast majority of them are known addicts. They won't leave until people stop supporting their habits.
Wait, so it IS like the feeding wildlife analogy?
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Seen a skit on Dateline while back on one guy who worked 8-5 then went out on the street corner.Opened the trunk and changed into ratty clothes and stood on the corner with a sign in cali.Said he took in an extra $30 to $35k cash a year by doing that.Damn
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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don't mind helping the ones that look to be legitimately in need. The problem is the bad ones mess it up for the ones that truly need it. One gal here has been pregnant for a couple years now with a fake belly. They use dogs to avoid being arrested, cops wont mess with them to avoid dealing with animals.
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Old 05-10-2017, 05:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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They use dogs to avoid being arrested, cops wont mess with them to avoid dealing with animals.
I'll have to remember that when it comes time to supplement my retirement.
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Old 05-10-2017, 05:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I posted on my county's police Facebook page asking if panhandling has become a competitive sport. They are everywhere now. I won't give a dime to them because they are sporting new sneakers, etc. Apparently the county had to stop arresting them because of a court case that deemed it freedom of speech.
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Old 05-10-2017, 07:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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don't mind helping the ones that look to be legitimately in need. The problem is the bad ones mess it up for the ones that truly need it. One gal here has been pregnant for a couple years now with a fake belly. They use dogs to avoid being arrested, cops wont mess with them to avoid dealing with animals.
From little experience of actually giving to a panhandler, They either wanted cash or a pack of smokes. Never had one take a business card or a offer for a meal on me. Heck that was 8-10 years ago.

It's getting huge here, use to never see it here.
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Old 05-10-2017, 05:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I saw a guy in Portland Maine last weekend that had a sign that read I just need money for a beer.I'd give that guy a buck!
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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They're everywhere, a news crew talked to a guy that watched a guy park his Mercedes behind a fast food joint, go into the place in a suit, come out in crappy clothes and stand at a intersection.

This guy stood beside him with his own sign telling people what was going on. Fake bum ain't been seen since.
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Seen a skit on Dateline while back on one guy who worked 8-5 then went out on the street corner.Opened the trunk and changed into ratty clothes and stood on the corner with a sign in cali.Said he took in an extra $30 to $35k cash a year by doing that.Damn
So I could start panhandling and buy a new bike every year? But then I would have to swallow my pride and start riding new bikes.
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Coming back from a long roll I stopped to get gas, this young guy (to me) came up with the usual story, "trying to get home, no gas, hungry, just spent about all they had left on dog food, etc.. Told him I'd buy them a burger but no money. I walked over to the van they were driving and ask to see gas gauge and it was just off empty, nice looking yellow Lab and a 5 lb. bag of Wally World dog food. Ask what burger they wanted and he said closest place. I filled my RK and his van, he gave me $4.43 and we rode down to MD's. I asked want do you want, and just a burger was the answer. They got XLG everything. I might just have pissed away 42 bucks but the rest of the ride was great. He got his $4.43 back
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:51 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Yup there's one fat b!tch around work who is out there all the time looking for money. And every time I see her, she's out there smoking cigarettes. Sorry, you won't get any of my pity or money. My guess is that she's never held a job, let alone a marketing one.
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