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  • Controversial panhandling billboard in downtown Portland will soon be replaced

    03/24/2016 7:51:16 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | March 23, 2016 | Anna Maru
    A group managed by the Portland Business Alliance plans to replace a controversial downtown billboard that critics argued stereotyped homeless people as drug addicts. The billboard, at Southwest Fourth and Morrison, shows a person holding a cardboard sign that reads "Your spare change funds my addictions." The sign was put up March 1 by Clean and Safe, the nonprofit overseen by the Portland Business Alliance. It is part of an ongoing campaign by the chamber of commerce to discourage people from giving to panhandlers, whose presence can hurt businesses when they set up outside their doors, the chamber said. The...
  • Making Bratton's Point, NYC Homeless Man -aka 'Bum'- Rakes in $200/hr Begging in Manhattan

    11/11/2015 7:18:27 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 November 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Maybe people need to start listening to NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he recently suggested that New Yorkers refrain from giving money to street beggars if they'd like to alleviate the panhandling epidemic brought on by the serially-misguided DeBlasio era.   Of course he was immediately attacked as some sort of heartless monster by the left with hashtags and worse... And while I can't prove how much heart the NYPD's head cop may-or-may-not have, he's got to have one hell of a lot more brains in his head than the 'progressive' NYers now inflicting their knee-jerk' 'caring' on the man: handing drunks...
  • Aggressive panhandlers on Park Ave (NYC)

    09/16/2015 7:52:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | September 16, 2015 | Staff
    One of New York City's most well-to-do streets is not immune to the growing panhandling problem. It is a sunny summer morning on E. 29th St. and Park Ave. Business is brisk for panhandlers who zero in on drivers stopped at the light on the busy crosstown route. It's almost like an unofficial toll. There's no shame to them as they panhandle, knowing Fox 5 News cameras are right there. A man who says he's an Army veteran works the corner by day and sleeps in a city shelter by night.
  • EXCLUSIVE: New York 2015 - FOUR THOUSAND sleeping on the streets, 80 homeless encampments in the...

    09/04/2015 7:49:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies ^ | 9/04/15 | Shekhar Bhatia
    EXCLUSIVE: New York 2015 - FOUR THOUSAND sleeping on the streets, 80 homeless encampments in the city and beggars making $75 a day as arrests for panhandling and street drinking plunge They are sleeping in front of the Empire State building, sprawled in front of the doors of Macy's, and panhandling outside Grand Central. New York is in the grip of a homeless epidemic so bad that it has raised fears of the city slipping back into the disorder of the 1970s and 1980s. The city's police chief this week said that as many as 4,000 people are now sleeping...
  • Cruz walks a provocative line on panhandling

    05/01/2015 6:15:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | May 1, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took his presidential campaign to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce this week, where he raised a provocative point about, of all things, panhandling. Benjy Sarlin reported: “If you look at the values that resonate in our community, they are faith, family, patriotism, hard work,” he told host Javier Palomarez, the CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Some years ago I was having lunch with a Hispanic entrepreneur in Austin and he asked me a question: He said, ‘When was the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?’ It’s a great question…. I’m not sure I’ve...
  • Ohio Judge: There Will Be No Mentioning Of The Constitution Here

    03/31/2015 5:20:23 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 101 replies ^ | March 23 2015 | Staff
    Today in a pre-trial hearing, an Ohio judge casually agreed with a motion filed by a prosecutor asking to ban a defendant from bringing up the United States Constitution or the constitutionality of the law under which he is charged with a crime. Judge Catherine Barber (or Kathryn Barber), a retired judge filling in for the Xenia Municipal Judge Michael Murray stated “there will be no mentioning of the Constitution” and then laughed when the defendant claimed that uttering words on a public sidewalk constitutes free speech. (The audio of the hearing can be found here: This was in...
  • Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could be required to wear ID badges

    04/29/2014 2:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WGHP-TV ^ | April 17, 2014 | Michael Spears
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could soon be required to wear a photo identification badge at all times under a proposal by the City Attorney’s Office. All panhandlers are required by current city ordinance to apply and obtain a free panhandling license. The City Attorney’s Office now recommends adding a photo ID provision into the licensing process and requiring the tag to be worn at all times while panhandling. The ID tag would also include the license’s expiration date. Having ready identification would help the city enforce current panhandling laws according to The City Attorney’s Office, which also cites...
  • Saudi Woman Lived 100 Years as Beggar… (Died a Millionaire)

    03/17/2014 3:28:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, March 16, 2014
    A Saudi woman lived as a beggar most of her life until she was 100 years. When she died, she left behind millions and four buildings. Known as Aisha, the woman had told a neighbour just before her death to give her money to authorities as she had no relatives. Okaz newspaper estimated her wealth at SR five million (Dhfive million) plus four large buildings in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah, where Aisha had practiced her begging profession for more than 50 years. “She had around SRfour million in cash, more than SR one million in gold coins...
  • An Expert Panhandling dog

    02/17/2014 7:56:56 PM PST · by jespasinthru · 41 replies
    Vanity | 2/17/2014 | jespasinthru
    Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. I walked out of a WalMart in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I was confronted by a pandhandler. An elderly white gentleman in his mid-60's, neatly dressed and clean-shaven. And he had this cute little doggie on a leash. His spiel was that he only got 500 dollars a month in Social Security, and most of it went for the rent of his kitchenette apartment. He could just barely afford to feed himself. He couldn't afford dog food, so he was panhandling just to get some change to feed his dog. And that little doggie...
  • Panhandling and the future of urban America

    09/25/2013 6:30:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 2, 2013 | Froma Harrop, The Providence Journal
    Indianapolis offers the full urban deal: great architecture, hot restaurants, famous museums and a walkable downtown. It also has had one of the worst panhandler problems I’ve seen. At almost every street corner, it seemed, someone was squeezing you for money. In August, Indianapolis joined numerous other cities that have attempted to curb aggressive begging. And as has happened elsewhere, the American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a suit. “The ACLU of Indiana,” its executive director, Jane Henegar, said, “believes in the power of the First Amendment to give everyone a voice, even when those voices confront us with our...
  • 'Weed' guy stabs 'Beer' guy in Times Square as Broadway shows let out

    06/24/2013 1:36:20 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/24/13 | Thomas Tracy
    There was an outbreak of reefer madness in Times Square when a panhandler holding an “I Need Money for Weed” sign stabbed a rival holding an “I Need Beer” sign in the head with a pen. Cops quickly cuffed the alleged stabber and charges were pending as they tried to determine what got “Weed” guy’s nose out of joint. “Beer” guy’s injuries were minor. The two choosy beggers began brawling around 10:15 p.m. at 42nd St. near 7th Ave. as dozens of Broadway shows let out, witnesses said. Nearby, Predator and Alien paused from their ongoing war to answer questions...
  • Panhandler who told Oklahoma police he made $60k a year busted in Boise

    12/06/2012 9:42:14 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | December 6, 2012 | Meghann Cuniff
    A well-traveled panhandler who made national headlines last summer when he told an Oklahoma City police officer he'd made $60,000 in a year begging for money was arrested this week in Boise. ... Speegle was in Oklahoma City, where he told a police officer he was too lazy to get a job and didn't need to because he'd made $60,000 last year... The officer told Speegle he needed a $200 daily permit to panhandle, but Speegle suggested the price was within his means.
  • Plans Against Aggressive Panhandling Stalled in Atlanta

    08/27/2012 4:30:31 PM PDT · by DJlaysitup · 24 replies
    The city's current panhandling ordinance is rarely, if ever, enforced, according to police and attorneys who spoke recently to city council. Atlanta's anti-panhandling ordinance is "effectively, a worthless piece of paper" and might have to be scrapped or extensively rewritten to make it enforceable, said Michael J. Bond, chair of the City Council's public safety committee. Atlanta has been trying to push back against panhandling for years, partly to appease downtown residents and partly to protect the city's lucrative tourism and convention industries, which bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions in spending and taxes. And then there...
  • Panhandler arrested, claims to have made $60,000 last year

    07/21/2012 3:00:19 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 42 replies ^ | Jul 20, 2012 | staff reporter
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A man arrested on suspicion of panhandling in Oklahoma City told officers there was no point in getting a job, because he made "$60,000" last year. According to the police report, an officer spotted Shane Warren Speegle, 45, panhandling near Interstate 40 and Macarthur Boulevard earlier this month. When the officer approached Speegle and told him it was illegal to panhandle without a permit, Speegle asked if he could get a permit that day and implied the $200 fee was not a bad price.
  • Suspect: 'I'm Not Panhandling, I'm Trick-Or-Treating'

    11/02/2011 5:28:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | 11/2/2011 | Jay Ditzer/
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Police said a woman accused of trespassing after panhandling complaints told police that she wasn't panhandling, she was trick-or-treating. According to arrest records, officers were dispatched to a Dairy Mart in the 1300 block of Dixie Highway on Monday on reports of a woman panhandling. Police said that 44-year-old Michelle McGill had been warned preciously that day to stay away from the business, which has signed a trespassing waiver against her. When officers approached McGill, she became irate and began screaming at the officers and ignoring their commands to stop, police said. When asked why she had...
  • Perry calling Iowa activists as potential donors convene

    07/08/2011 5:33:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Rick Perry has started calling Iowa Republicans and a former RNC finance chairman is helping to convene a meeting of national donors later this month in Austin to discuss financing a potential 2012 campaign — signs that the Texas governor and his allies are stepping up their exploratory efforts. The developments come as Perry is being watched by a string of donors, early-state voters and elites who say they're disenchanted, and in search of a stronger candidate. Continue Reading Republican activist Joni Scotter told POLITICO she got a surprise phone call this afternoon from Perry, asking about the political landscape...
  • The Professional Panhandling Plague

    08/24/2008 5:57:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 77 replies · 753+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2008 | Steven Malanga
    A new generation of shakedown artists hampers America’s urban revival.___ Barbara Bradley, an editor with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, moved into the River City’s reviving downtown about a year and a half ago, loving its “energy and enthusiasm.” But a horde of invading panhandlers has cooled her enjoyment of city life. Earlier this year, she recalled in a recent column, as she showed some visitors around the neighborhood, “a big panhandler blocked the entrance to our parking area and demanded his toll.” Now a nervous Bradley avoids certain downtown areas, locks her car when fueling up at local gas stations,...
  • Police: Oregon panhandlers raking in the green

    02/05/2008 6:03:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 668+ views
    KAFU-TV ^ | February 3, 2008
    COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - A police survey says panhandlers outside a Wal-Mart here can make $300 a day. Inside, it takes a clerk a week to make that much. Police say people who have a problem with that needn't look to the law--asking for money is considered protected free speech. "We are not going to target panhandlers," said Coos Bay Police Capt. Rodger Craddock, who spoke a recent gathering of business owners about panhandling. "We can't do that. But if they aren't getting money from us, they aren't going to stand on that corner." He said most panhandlers are...
  • Panhandling for reparations (2-Bag Gag Alert...)

    10/11/2007 4:42:23 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 20 replies · 490+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 11 Oct. 2007 | ERIN HOOVER BARNETT
    Frances Miller's early attempts at starting a conversation Wednesday were a little rough. "Hey, sister, are you a descendent of slaves?" she called out to a woman who looked African American, scoring a glare. Miller sat on Northeast 15th Avenue at Broadway -- a volunteer in the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations. She and others across the country asked white passers-by to pay reparations for enslaving black people, and then they gave money to black passers-by. Each got a receipt. Many people walking by reacted with confusion, amusement, annoyance, offense. But for the people who stopped, the results were...
  • Toronto eyes NYC solution to panhandling problem

    11/05/2006 1:11:22 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 11 replies · 690+ views
    CanWest News Service via ^ | 11/05/06 | Steven Edwards
    Two of their favourite targets were drivers parked at stoplights and people withdrawing cash from bank machines. But a decade after New York introduced laws to end "aggressive'' panhandling, the streets are still worked by folks seeking free money. Tougher policing under former mayor Rudy Giuliani and efforts to reduce homelessness under current Mayor Michael Bloomberg have yet to eradicate begging in the city. That panhandling persists is leading an increasing number of municipalities to look to New York to see what has worked and what has not with Toronto heading a list of Canadian cities interested in the Big...
  • Aggressive "Begging" in Boston

    01/18/2006 6:10:54 AM PST · by minus_273 · 79 replies · 2,079+ views
    1/18/06 | minus_273
    There was a thread on FR the other day about people fleeing MA. Someone posted this comment about pan handlers in Boston demanding money. That had never happened to me until yesterday. Folks, this is what liberalism is all about. I ended up staying a bit later at work to finish up some stuff before I headed home. By the time I left, the usual traffic going home was long gone. I also take the T (the public transport here) to go to and from work. The particular bus i take to get to the subway is the Silver line...
  • Beggars face a backlash (Follow up to the F/U of the "Affluent Beggars" story)

    01/16/2006 11:24:09 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 51 replies · 1,617+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | January 16, 2006 | DAMIAN MANN
    Publicity about a pair of ‘affluent’ Ashland panhandlers has cut handouts for some others who say they’re lucky to get enough for food Jenah Dodge panhandled in downtown Ashland Sunday carrying a cardboard sign that declared she was pregnant. A passerby cried out, "I’ve heard that one before." Dodge, who showed her swollen stomach to prove she was pregnant, just shrugged the comment off, saying, "I never lie when I get money. I believe in karma." While the 20-year-old, who says she gets $20 to $30 a day, hasn’t noticed a drop-off in donations, other panhandlers say the publicity about...
  • BEGGARS DEFEND LIFESTYLE (Follow up to "Affluent Beggars"

    01/13/2006 11:14:39 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 58 replies · 3,099+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | January 13, 2006 | DAMIAN MANN
    Couple fend off public ire following news article ASHLAND — Sudden notoriety and public condemnation have surprised an Ashland couple who make a living as panhandlers and refer to themselves as "affluent beggars." Jason Pancoast and Elizabeth Johnson, who have three children, think the public has been taken aback by their unconventional image of a well-fed, well-dressed family that lives off the streets. "What has happened is that we’re going along with a lifestyle that you couldn’t imagine we should have," said 34-year-old Pancoast. A story in Sunday’s Mail Tribune about the couple, who sometimes make up to $300 a...
  • 'Affluent beggars' Couple supports family through panhandling...

    01/10/2006 12:22:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 155 replies · 4,979+ views
    Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | January 8, 2006 | Jennifer Margulis
    The first time 30-year-old Elizabeth Johnson stopped a stranger on the street to ask for money, she was really nervous. She was six months pregnant and desperate, having just spent seven days in jail for shoplifting books... Now Johnson and her 34-year-old partner, Jason Pancoast, who have been together for 14 years, support themselves and their three children, 6-year-old Seth, 3-year-old Adrianne and 3-month-old Synclair, by panhandling...
  • Another side to begging (Beggars are business people too!)

    12/09/2005 8:12:15 AM PST · by Millee · 28 replies · 670+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 12/9/05 | Reggie Rivers
    In an effort to encourage the evaporation of homeless people, the Denver City Council this week imposed tougher rules on street-corner and downtown panhandling, and it outlawed sitting or lying on a public sidewalk. The council believes that the poor are a nuisance to taxpayers, an eyesore to tourists and an impediment to folks conducting business downtown. But getting rid of them is tricky, because they're not the only people exhibiting these behaviors. If a homeless woman were asking for money outside Coors Field, she would be warned by the cops and then arrested if she continued. But what if...
  • PANHANDLING NEXT? AAR Seeking 'Gifts', Limbaugh, O'Reilly Won Election

    09/21/2005 10:49:43 PM PDT · by chuckpez · 14 replies · 567+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | September 22nd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    In what appears just short of outright panhandling, a desperate Air America Radio is now begging listeners for cash donations. From a mass email pitch sent Wednesday afternoon, Air America supporters were taken to a webpage where a direct solicitation is made. Resembling an online PBS or NPR pledge drive, the site offered paltry "benefits" for cash "gifts" to the liberal talk network. Is Air America unintentionally a not-for-profit enterprise?
  • Hurricane refugee arrested in Atlanta for panhandling

    09/07/2005 7:17:57 PM PDT · by bwteim · 31 replies · 741+ views
    WWL TV New Orleans ^ | September 7, 2005 | Errin Haines
    Hurricane refugee arrested in Atlanta for panhandling 06:04 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Errin Haines / Associated Press ATLANTA -- A man who fled Louisiana with his family to escape Hurricane Katrina was arrested for asking motorists for money in this city where panhandling has been one of the most contentious issues lately. James Scott says he had slept in a car for days with his brother, sister and her two young children when they decided to ask for help last Thursday. Nearly broke and newly stranded, the family drove to Buckhead -- an affluent north Atlanta neighborhood...
  • A rough ride (Cops took panhandler's bicycle)

    05/31/2005 10:36:27 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 33 replies · 1,001+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 31, 2005 | Radhika Panjwani & Brian Gray
    A Brampton real estate agent and a surveillance tape spoke up when Toronto Police thought a homeless man was giving them the gears. Loren Campbell says he used his savings from two months of panhandling to buy himself a new red bicycle from Zellers on May 6. But one week ago, police officers confiscated the bike at Eastern and Carlaw Aves. because, Campbell said, they didn't believe him when he told them it was his. "They pepper-sprayed me," Campbell, 40, said. "I told them I had bought the bike from a Zellers store and showed them the receipt." 'I BELIEVED...
  • N. Korea: Vollertsen's take on the situation(Ryongchon Explosion)

    04/23/2004 8:57:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 162+ views
    North Korea zone ^ | 04/23/04 | Rebecca MacKinnon
    Vollertsen's take on the situation The German activist/doctor Norbert Vollertsen has sent round an email to journalists. I am copying an excerpt below without editing or altering it in any way: "-Out of my own experience in the desaster area I know that the nearby hospitals in Sinuiju and Ryongchon are in a desperate situation : there is no medicine, no bandage material, sometimes even no soap and running water - The North Korean doctors cannot give any sophisticated medical assistance for burnt victims - so what they are usually doing, sometimes even without desinfection, narcotics and with a simply...
  • Chicago panhandlers get $99,000 settlement, Lawyers get $375,000

    12/22/2003 7:31:18 AM PST · by Pikamax · 7 replies · 217+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/03 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Saturday, December 20, 2003 4:16PM EST Chicago panhandlers get $99,000 settlement By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has approved a $99,000 settlement for people who have been arrested or ticketed for panhandling in Chicago. The city also must pay $375,000 to cover attorneys' fees and the cost of distributing the money, said plaintiffs' lawyer Mark Weinberg, who filed suit over the matter in 2001. Judge Nan R. Nolan approved the settlement Friday. Under its terms, those arrested for panhandling in the past four years can file a claim of $400, while those ticketed can receive $50....
  • Homeless car bill ‘criminalizes’ poor

    07/15/2003 5:05:52 AM PDT · by tdadams · 6 replies · 345+ views
    The Nashville City Paper ^ | July 15, 2003 | Judith R. Tackett
    Nashville could save thousands of dollars by providing more affordable housing and tackling the issue of homelessness in a more efficient manner instead of looking into increasing law enforcement, local homeless service providers say. The Homeless Power Project, a non-profit group consisting of homeless and formerly homeless local people, urged Councilman Ludye Wallace to withdraw two ordinances at tonight’s council meeting, which would make it illegal for people to sleep in a car or enter an abandoned motor vehicle to sleep, rest or inhabit. “Prohibiting and charging individuals and families for staying in the only shelter they have will only...
  • Beggars target of San Francisco ads

    05/03/2003 1:02:33 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 17 replies · 255+ views
    AP ^ | May 3, 2003 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO — The advertisements that showed up on taxis and buses in San Francisco this week are meant to be as provocative as they are purposeful. "Today we rode a cable car, visited Alcatraz and supported a drug habit," reads one featuring a tourist couple at Fisherman's Wharf. Another ad depicting a girl in pigtails reads: "Today I adopted a cat, gave some change and shut down my corner grocer." The attention-grabbing ads sponsored by the Hotel Council of San Francisco are the latest effort to put the squeeze on panhandling. Hoteliers say San Francisco has such a reputation...
  • Woman panhandles on Internet

    08/14/2002 9:17:19 AM PDT · by kcpopps · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug. 14, 2002 | VIKKI ORTIZ
    Woman in debt asks for cash on Net - and gets some Desperate to pay off $20,000 in bills she racked up buying Prada shoes, Kate Spade purses and regular manicures, a 20-something New Yorker has created a Web site to do what people have done on the streets of the Big Apple for years.She's panhandling.So far, has brought in $4,100 and counting from people from Pardeeville, Wis., to Panama City, Fla."I'm really excited . . . it's kind of exploded in the last couple of weeks," said Karyn, who created the site in late June after losing her...