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Can’t Beat em’… Ask Them!
Lets face it, panhandlers and beggars are here to stay. They’ve been with us always even back through history. Right?
Here’s the ticker. It really bothers me when they blatantly get right up in your face. They butt into your conversations and have on occasion become arrogant, intimidating and aggressive. My partner and I experience this two and three times on a daily basis. Usually upon observation, you can spot them a block away. He’s just been turned down by four people and you’re target number five. Most times they want cash for coffee, bus fare or food. They even want a drag of YOUR cigarette. They just won’t go away!
So I figured out how to handle this. The panhandlers probably have more in their hat than you do. Ask them for a couple of bucks. The beggars just want your cash to feed their addictions. When you see them coming get them first. Ask them for a smoke, change, food, and bus fare. And repeat it every time you see them. They get to know you, and won’t ask you anymore. If enough people did this all the time, hopefully they will figure out that they need to sing for their luxuries.