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(CBS San Francisco)   Man starts giving homeless panhandlers new signs with catchier messages like "Someone Thinks You're Sexy" and "Keanu Reeves Is My Homeboy" and oddly enough the panhandlers have seen an increase in donations because of them   (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) divider line 64
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2014-07-04 11:44:16 AM
I'll give them money if they have a good sign.
 
2014-07-04 12:04:22 PM
I'm waiting to see this trent start here in Austin.
 
2014-07-04 12:05:16 PM

Indolent: I'm waiting to see this trend start here in Austin.


/fixed
 
2014-07-04 12:41:26 PM
They smell bad.
 
2014-07-04 12:44:10 PM

SHE THINKS MY TRACTOR'S SEXY!

 
2014-07-04 12:47:02 PM
"Can't you read the sign?"
 
2014-07-04 12:47:28 PM
I'm still laughing at the black guy with the "the government stole my sunscreen" sign.
 
2014-07-04 12:50:49 PM
I would give a dollar to the guy with the "Make it rain" sign. That's funny.
 
2014-07-04 12:50:57 PM
c1.staticflickr.com
 
2014-07-04 12:51:23 PM
Because, in the end, most panhandlers are a form of organized scam anyway.

Let's be honest here.
 
2014-07-04 12:51:37 PM
How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

/0nce in the 80s I went into Safeway and saw a panhandler with his dog. When I was done shopping, he was done "working", and he and his dog got into his '64 T-bird.
 
2014-07-04 12:53:27 PM

Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

/0nce in the 80s I went into Safeway and saw a panhandler with his dog. When I was done shopping, he was done "working", and he and his dog got into his '64 T-bird.


Yes, because as we all know, everyone who begs for money on the street is a greedy asshole who doesn't need it.
 
2014-07-04 12:53:33 PM

Indolent: Indolent: I'm waiting to see this trend start here in Austin.

/fixed


Up near where I live near Mopac and 183 (Gateway) some of the career panhandlers have been using the same signs for the last 4 years. The only one I would consider giving money to-- the guy with one leg who held his sign way above his head, I haven't seen in years.

I was amused by the one guy's "invisible" sign. But that only works once. Then it just looks lazy.
 
2014-07-04 12:54:52 PM
The other day I saw a panhandler with a sign that started with "God will provide". So why was he begging?
 
2014-07-04 12:55:23 PM

moeburn: Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

/0nce in the 80s I went into Safeway and saw a panhandler with his dog. When I was done shopping, he was done "working", and he and his dog got into his '64 T-bird.

Yes, because as we all know, everyone who begs for money on the street is a greedy asshole who doesn't need it.


I'll be that asshole and say yes, the majority are.

We have one guy who panhandles near one of our stations who has had untreated throat cancer for seven years. Walking miracle, right?
 
2014-07-04 12:56:17 PM
And Bill Hicks wept.

/Marketer, considering killing myself, love the signs
 
2014-07-04 12:58:10 PM

hardinparamedic: Because, in the end, most panhandlers are a form of organized scam anyway.

Let's be honest here.


Granada Television and Jeremy Brett have an opinion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqDB0tdCx8A

All 52 minutes in glorious color
 
2014-07-04 12:59:45 PM
I guess the real trick is getting someone's attention.
 
2014-07-04 01:05:51 PM

LessO2: I'm still laughing at the black guy with the "the government stole my sunscreen" sign.


Yeah, that was brilliant.
 
2014-07-04 01:05:53 PM

Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.


How dare those banks beg the American people for a bailout when....oh wait we're talking about homeless people. Got it.
 
2014-07-04 01:07:03 PM

Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

/0nce in the 80s I went into Safeway and saw a panhandler with his dog. When I was done shopping, he was done "working", and he and his dog got into his '64 T-bird.


I saw that in Austin at the HEB at 2222 and 620. Guy was panhandling between the HEB and starbucks. He was carrying a hiking pack and had a dog with him-- ie "give me money, my dog and I are trying to get to somewhere."

A few minutes later-- while I was packing groceries into my car, he was feeding his dog and throwing the backpack into the back of his dodge RAM on the other side of the parking lot. I had parked next to him to walk to the bank.

At least he had the sense not to park too close to where he was begging.
 
2014-07-04 01:08:41 PM
i253.photobucket.com

I make liquor out of rotting fruit to ease the pain of mental illness and debilitating AIDs.  But I'm beefing up the C.V. of an Ad-man so my life hasn't been a complete waste...WACKA WACKA WACKA!
 
2014-07-04 01:09:45 PM

Satan's Dumptruck Driver: A few minutes later-- while I was packing groceries into my car, he was feeding his dog and throwing the backpack into the back of his dodge RAM on the other side of the parking lot. I had parked next to him to walk to the bank.


I just wonder if they ever cleaned up downtown Atlanta, or at least outlawed aggressive panhandling. All you have to do is look out of place, and you'll get no less than ten people with parole papers wanting to tell you their life story and "show you around"
 
2014-07-04 01:13:35 PM
Bad panhandler story:

I'm walking home from work and this guy comes up to me and starts telling me this long story about how his van broke down, and he needs $200 to fix it, but first he needs bus fare back to St. Catharines, and yadda yadda yadda. It doesn't make much sense. Why is he panhandling money for a ticket instead of for repairs to the van? And why does the bus to St. Catharines also cost exactly $200? While he's talking, I'm looking at his dog. It's a big shaggy monster, very unusual looking, and I've seen it (and him) around my neighborhood for years.

So I say to him, "You're not from St. Catharines. You live here. I see you and your dog around here all the time."

And he does a slow, unconvincing double-take at the dog and says, "That is not my dog."

/come to think of it, if he'd said that line in a fake French accent I might have given him a couple of bucks
 
2014-07-04 01:14:50 PM

Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

/0nce in the 80s I went into Safeway and saw a panhandler with his dog. When I was done shopping, he was done "working", and he and his dog got into his '64 T-bird.


Did he buy King Crab legs and porterhouse steaks first?
 
2014-07-04 01:18:38 PM
In before the homeless-man hate--

Dang, too late.

/ they are all scammers, just like the 99% of poor people who own a refrigerator...
 
2014-07-04 01:19:02 PM

bingethinker: Bad panhandler story:

I'm walking home from work and this guy comes up to me and starts telling me this long story about how his van broke down, and he needs $200 to fix it, but first he needs bus fare back to St. Catharines, and yadda yadda yadda. It doesn't make much sense. Why is he panhandling money for a ticket instead of for repairs to the van? And why does the bus to St. Catharines also cost exactly $200? While he's talking, I'm looking at his dog. It's a big shaggy monster, very unusual looking, and I've seen it (and him) around my neighborhood for years.

So I say to him, "You're not from St. Catharines. You live here. I see you and your dog around here all the time."

And he does a slow, unconvincing double-take at the dog and says, "That is not my dog."

/come to think of it, if he'd said that line in a fake French accent I might have given him a couple of bucks


Did your minky bite him?
 
2014-07-04 01:20:00 PM

brap: [i253.photobucket.com image 450x450]

I make liquor out of rotting fruit to ease the pain of mental illness and debilitating AIDs.  But I'm beefing up the C.V. of an Ad-man so my life hasn't been a complete waste...WACKA WACKA WACKA!


i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-04 01:23:18 PM
In this thread: confirmation bias writ large.
 
2014-07-04 01:29:07 PM
Thank God!   I was just about to ponder the inequity of society and how a human being can fall so far in terms of self- esteem and the basic needs of life when all the life coaches here pointed out they are all farkin con artists!  Almost wasted a moments reflection on how, as an individual, I could maybe redress this apparent imbalance in life's game of lottery.  I am off to the GOP right now with my new discovery, in case anyone else is wasting time on these useless farkers.

/ Thanks Fark!
 
2014-07-04 01:44:16 PM

moeburn: Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

/0nce in the 80s I went into Safeway and saw a panhandler with his dog. When I was done shopping, he was done "working", and he and his dog got into his '64 T-bird.

Yes, because as we all know, everyone who begs for money on the street is a greedy asshole who doesn't need it.


He never said they were "greedy assholes." He said they weren't contributing anything to society and he's 100% accurate with his assessment.
 
2014-07-04 01:45:36 PM
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2014-07-04 01:47:58 PM

Indolent: I'm waiting to see this trent start here in Austin.


I saw a couple "witty" ones near Burnet and 183 last time I was in that area.  I don't remember what they said, but one involved an admission that they were going to buy booze with whatever you give them.  I didn't feel more compelled to give him money because "hey, at least he's honest lol!"
 
2014-07-04 01:48:18 PM

LegacyDL: Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

How dare those banks beg the American people for a bailout when....oh wait we're talking about homeless people. Got it.


Banks and other companies like AIG that received bail-out money are thought of about as highly as Osama Bin Laden.

What point are you trying to make by comparing them to homeless people?
 
2014-07-04 01:51:37 PM

Satan's Dumptruck Driver: Indolent: Indolent: I'm waiting to see this trend start here in Austin.

/fixed

Up near where I live near Mopac and 183 (Gateway) some of the career panhandlers have been using the same signs for the last 4 years. The only one I would consider giving money to-- the guy with one leg who held his sign way above his head, I haven't seen in years.


One-legged panhandler in Austin, you say? (last story)
 
2014-07-04 01:52:49 PM

armor helix: LegacyDL: Kevin72: How does this help society? How? What do these people who beg and do nothing but stand with a sign help society? These are not people who just had their house destroyed by Katrina.

How dare those banks beg the American people for a bailout when....oh wait we're talking about homeless people. Got it.

Banks and other companies like AIG that received bail-out money are thought of about as highly as Osama Bin Laden.

What point are you trying to make by comparing them to homeless people?


Something about hypocrisy, I imagine.
 
2014-07-04 01:56:17 PM
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2014-07-04 02:15:10 PM
Here in the Twin Cities, the new trend is for panhandlers to stand at the top of freeway exit ramps where they have a captive audience. They even tag team these ramps with a "partner" on the other side (for traffic exiting from the other direction). And EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM claims to be a vet. The sign always reads "Homeless and Veteran...anything helps...God bless." I saw one of them at the exit of a small mall with a grocery store in the mall. A woman rolled down her passenger window, the guy walks over, and she throws him an apple. To his credit, he smiled and laughed.

I'm not immune to feeling sympathy, but at 60 years old and retirement looming, no raise (not even cost of living) in 6 years despite glowing performance reviews, rising health care costs (and just had knee surgery), I'm living as close to the bone as possible. I was once approached by a middle aged couple, dressed to the nines (he had on a Starter leather NFL athletic jacket in mint condition), asking for money. I looked at them and just said "Nope." That guy's jacket costs more than I make in a month (net). And no, I highly doubt he picked it up at a Goodwill store (which one of my friends tried shaming me with...like "You don't know...maybe someone gave him the jacket!") Yeah, just like his wife's designer wool coat, his dress shoes which looked like Italian leather...etc.

If one of the panhandlers near a liquor store just said "Hey, pal, how abut money for some booze" instead of some cockamamie lie about needing money for the bus back to Rochester,  I'd be so knocked out by his honesty, I'd bring him into the store and buy him a six pack of his choice.
 
2014-07-04 02:26:18 PM

JoieD'Zen: I'll give them money if they have a good sign.


"I FARK.... Do You?"
 
2014-07-04 02:27:19 PM

RedT: In before the homeless-man hate--

Dang, too late.

/ they are all scammers, just like the 99% of poor people who own a refrigerator...


Keep on believing they're homeless. Also give them money, everybody likes money. Especially people pretending to be homeless. Oops, I meant actually homeless. Homeless for reals.
 
2014-07-04 02:29:22 PM

RedT: In before the homeless-man hate--

Dang, too late.

/ they are all scammers, just like the 99% of poor people who own a refrigerator...


Homeless =/= panhandler. I hate to break it to you.
 
2014-07-04 02:43:32 PM

hardinparamedic: RedT: In before the homeless-man hate--

Dang, too late.

/ they are all scammers, just like the 99% of poor people who own a refrigerator...

Homeless =/= panhandler. I hate to break it to you.


Sf had a program a few yrs back where they gave dogs to panhandlers in exchange for them giving up the panhandling, something like that.

The interesting part of the story to me was that the majority of the panhandlers were not homeless, but were living in low-income subsidized housing in the city.
 
2014-07-04 02:50:30 PM
Dilemma at the gas station in Daytona (right Floriduh) this amusingly clothed pregnant drunk woman totters over. She has a see thru dress of some kind over her long pants and shirt and her longish blond hair is matted and greasy. So the partially toothless girl (any age between 25-55) asks me for $5 bucks for food. I look around not seeing any restaurants. She quickly says McD's is up the road a bit. I said, are you going to buy drugs or crack and smoke that while you're pregnant? Do you really think I'm going to give you money for crack? She now has forgotten how to speak. I say, where's the restaurant and she vaguely waves one arm around in the air.
I live on a limited income, but since I wasn't going to put her in my car with my shepherd in the back and drag her to McD's I gave her the $5 hoping and believing she'd eat food with it. The beggars around here aren't talented enough to carry a sign. They just walk over and tap you for $1 bus money or whatever. Very confrontational-- that ad sign designer needs to hit up Daytona.
 
2014-07-04 02:58:03 PM
I used to give money to panhandlers. But, I worked in an area where I knew their habits well enough to know if the money was going to food or booze. If you're not certain, donate to a food shelf.
 
2014-07-04 03:02:53 PM

o'really: The interesting part of the story to me was that the majority of the panhandlers were not homeless, but were living in low-income subsidized housing in the city.


The gentleman I mentioned up thread is actually part of a group of panhandlers who work in the Hickory Hill/East Memphis area. They live and ride together, and rotate sites every day among the exits off of I385 in the area so that each day there's a different one up there.

Panhandling in Memphis is pretty organized, especially in the areas where there is a huge tourist presence, such as Graceland and Beale Street. We had a guy get stabbed and left for dead right off Beale about a year ago because one of the groups caught him panhandling in their territory.

My first apartment in Memphis was about three blocks down from the Union Mission, which is where a majority of the homeless in Memphis congregate (There is also a "camp" behind one of the local hospitals in the North part of Memphis, which is why we lock our ambulances when we go there - they tend to try to steal drugs off the unit.) The actual homeless people didn't panhandle - or in the case of one guy I used to give money to, was completely honest in saying he just wanted to buy booze.

up2nfg: I live on a limited income, but since I wasn't going to put her in my car with my shepherd in the back and drag her to McD's I gave her the $5 hoping and believing she'd eat food with it. The beggars around here aren't talented enough to carry a sign. They just walk over and tap you for $1 bus money or whatever. Very confrontational-- that ad sign designer needs to hit up Daytona.


Aggressive panhandling is what that is. You can always tell the people who are panhandling for profit by the behavior you exhibit if you offer to directly buy them what they ask for. The ones who just want money will either get aggressive and even start cussing you like a dog, or they'll immediately make up an excuse, and backtrack.
 
2014-07-04 03:08:53 PM
He said they weren't contributing anything to society

Hey, we give you a place to get rid of your pennies !
 
2014-07-04 03:30:17 PM

hardinparamedic: Because, in the end, most panhandlers are a form of organized scam anyway.

Let's be honest here.


If the sign is good enough it can be considered performance art.
I've seen people in Seattle panhandling with signs saying they were out of weed, and people dropped some on them.
I've given a buck or 2 to people that flat out stated they were homeless and needed a beer. They were honest.
'hey girl, I need me a buck fitty so I can get me a tallboy" works as well.
 
2014-07-04 03:36:39 PM
Loved, loved it when working at a thrift store for minimum wage and was panhandled, daily or sometimes hourly within the store itself.  I pointed out my ARC  store uniform and one guy told me, "well, I don't even have a job, gimme a smoke." How about no.  Just no, told him so and walked off-he threatened to kick in my car window and I waited until I got my car started (all bark, no bite). No window broken but was called every name under the sun.

Got panhandled in the parking lot of my thrift store on a daily basis.  "Yeah, well, I'm homeless" was the best one, but didn't work on me.  Reason why?  My dear, sweet and highly medicated roommate is disabled and schizophrenic, but he explained it to me in a lucid moment some of the psychology of panhandling-told me that it's not so much about getting money as to some to many of these folks (mainly men) wanting to push you to the point of assault in order to get hospital care and some food.  SAD.  He would know and no one goes hungry or without in this house in a large part due to him being good, watchful and responsible.

Heartbreakingly, sad, but I think he's mostly right.  Can't argue with a dude who has slept on a park bench for years and is now your trusted roommate.  Hell, he mows the lawn, watches out for the kid and is a nice, intelligent guy.  I'd never take the same chance twice, and I've known the man for 20 years.  And Steve is teh awesome, even though he has issues.  He has been the best warning against other homeless people I have ever found.  He continually has the backs of the rest of us who live here, and now brings in a modest income and is healing from some issues.  Love him as I would a brother, trust him as a friend, good guy, but can't say that for most homeless people, and heaven help me, I've meant too many.  No, I don't care how catchy your sign is.  If it's that good, get a job in marketing and not standing by the off ramp of the highway.
 
2014-07-04 03:38:50 PM
*met* not meant

/ftfm
 
2014-07-04 03:52:20 PM
Whimsical signs provoke whimsical donations? Cool.

/obviously it would be better if the homeless had access to adequate care and mental health treatment
//and just because i wanted to say it again: whimsy ;p
 
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