Panhandlers. What do you do?

memebag

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I'm in the suburbs of Denver, about 10 miles North. I'm not sure about Denver proper. You do see a lot of it in the city limits. So I don't imagine there are any laws against it there. If there are, they aren't enforced for s**t.

Panhandling is protected speech in the US. If your city has tried to outlaw it in general, they will most likely be dragged to court, spend a lot of money, and lose.
 

antsie

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A few months back I was on my way home from work and at a busy intersection, there was this lady with a sign that said she had to leave town and go to see her father that was dying in Kansas.

The next day, the same lady, new sign read, lost job today (probably because the day before she was standing on a street corner, but should have been working), need money for food for kids.

Next day, same lady, another new sign, mother was ill and she needed to get to Salt Lake City but this time she was in a wheelchair.

Next day, she had the sign about her dad back, but this time she was on crutches. Oh and her dad apparently was no longer in Kansas, he was now in Montana.

This went on for weeks. One day I left work early and when I got to that intersection, I saw the same lady. Someone was dropping her off, she got out of the car, opened the trunk and pulled out her wheelchair. She must of felt better this day because she was walking just fine and instead of sitting in the wheelchair, she pushed it to her spot on the intersection. The car seemed pretty nice/new looking.

On Monday, at this same intersection there was this guy that would actually walk up to the cars and start talking and tapping on the window. I guess just standing there with a sign isn’t effective enough for some. I really need to find a new way home!!!
 

antsie

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The best one yet was while we were in Vegas a few years ago, on the walk way between two casinos, there was a guy that had a sign that said

"Why lie? I need a beer"

People walked by, smiled and put money in his container. We gave him money too, at least he was being honest on what he wanted the money for!!! :)
 

Chrissyb

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I have to deal with them every evening leaving work.. they "work" the intersection in Cambridge, MA right before you get onto rt. 2 .. its has been the same people there since 2004 although they rotate on different days..they carry the same signs..sometimes they even use a cane.. the women are wicked skanky..

I don't give them money..but I have watched people give.. I've even witnessed someone giving them pizza..

They leave trash all over the area..
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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I ignore them. We have a social safety net up here which is pretty good. There is no reason to be on the street if they don't want to be. If they want to be .... why should I finance their 'lifestyle'? So I don't.