Holiday Panhandling Grows During Economic Downturn

December 13, 2009 by admin  
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The economic downturn coupled with the holiday season seems to be bringing out a lot of “panhandlers” who are set up on street corners - maybe near your neighborhood - and desperately seeking your money.  Are they scammers or are they really in need of help?

Watch this video to see if this scene looks familar as you travel to and from your home:

Courtesy of Volkomenkut

The headlines in the local paper talked about the “economic downturn thatpanhandlers-in-sbendr-in-article is forcing more to seek help along the road.”  This is an important article to read as people are panhandling on neighborhood street corners at an alarming rate throughout the country.

It is sad that this type of “begging or panhandling” is happening.  If people are truly desperate and not simply “scamming” the system, there are social agencies that can help.  However, in reading this article it indicated that the lady who holds a “job” on one of the street corners near our neighborhood claimed to have made $700 in a single evening.  She and her husband are both working the street corner.  If someone is earning that amount of cash in a single day, why would they bother trying to find of job??

When the paper checked the husband’s background, records showed he had been booked in the county jail 36 times since 1990 on a variety of charges including burglary, domestic violence, public intoxication, and criminal mischief.  CLICK HERE for the full article.

The mere fact that the newspaper reported how much money the panhandlers made in one day may cause more and more panhandlers to grab a street corner in one of the higher end neighborhoods.  The last thing people will want to see are panhandlers “setting up shop” on street corners watching as people leave their neighborhoods.

We’re already seeing a tremendous increase of home burglaries.  What happens when panhandlers decide to come into your neighborhood going door to door asking for money?  This type of activity needs to be stopped before it gets much worse.

It is up to each and everyone of us to decide where and to whom we give our money donations to.  Of course, it hits at your heart when you see someone who appears to be homeless or destitute on a street corner and they have their children begging with them.  Most authorities say when you give money you only encourage this type of behavior to continue - which may be illegal in many states.

You never really know the person’s “story” - if it is for real or if it’s a scam!   All I know is when the backgrounds were checked of many of the men panhandlers, they were found to have many violations and one prominent violation was home burglary.  And having panhandlers working on street corners near your neighborhood may actually be too close to home!!

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