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Re: New begging scheme

Postby MO_cows » Fri May 22, 2015 7:19 pm

I don't know where they find them, but I have seen a few panhandlers with 3-legged dogs. Puts the disturbing thought in the back of my mind they might have had something to do with the loss of the leg.

I never give cash to an individual. I have given bottles of water out of my car on a hot day, and they usually say thanks but with zero enthusiasm. They wanted money. I do put cash in the firemen's boot for MDS. the bikers for babies March of Dimes drive, etc.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby John SD » Fri May 22, 2015 8:05 pm

I make regular donations to the local big citySalvation Army. One of their year round operations is a food pantry :idea:
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby Luca Brasi » Fri May 22, 2015 8:07 pm

bball wrote:
Luca Brasi wrote:How much extra do I get if I beg with a Ferguson or Baltimore protestor in tow?


Depends on the condition of the protestor. Barely breathing and I'm digging deep!


Win win.

Bikers for babes, yeah I'd donate to that too.

Offer them a job, nice idea, but not for me. Don't want to end up on an episode of Investigation Discovery.

When I worked in the city I started keeping any loose change from any purchases that day in my pocket, handy for a quick throw into an outstretched cup, so I wouldn't need to stop and open my wallet for Mr Beggar to see how much cash I had on me. Sometimes the loose change would total a few bucks before I ran into one, sometimes less depending on what or how much I had purchased so far. On one of those days when it wasn't much the guy actually shook his cup and said "That's it?". That was the last day I offered any of them anything.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby MO_cows » Fri May 22, 2015 9:37 pm

Long time ago, John Stossel did a deal with guys holding signs like, hungry, out of work, etc. He offered them a hot lunch and a little cash for doing some yard work. Out of 5 or 6 he made the offer to, I don't think any showed up and it was walking distance. There's a guy in KC who made a career out of panhandling on the Country Club Plaza, an upscale shopping and entertainment district. For years he was a fixture there. Reporter followed him, found out he had a nice car and house from the kindness of strangers.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby Commercialfarmer » Fri May 22, 2015 10:09 pm

I don't give to the street corner guys. I figure most are professional. But one time, I came out of a business in downtown Oklahoma City. Younger kid was there, seemed like he might be a little slow, he asked for some change. I said, nah I'll go get you something though. Surprisingly, he was about to pile in my truck, but I thought that wasn't smart of me. I told him wait right there and I'd bring it back. He asked kinda sheepishly if I really would. I said, I promise. Stay right there. Won't be but a few minutes. I stopped at the first fast food place down the street, sonic. There was a bunch of people. Took forever to get the food, over 20 minutes. When I got back, the kid was gone. Always felt like I really let him down. His face really lit up when I said I'd bring him back a burger. I just imagined it being equally dejected when he left thinking I had lied to him.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby Caustic Burno » Fri May 22, 2015 10:18 pm

Had one pull the old need five dollars for gas couple months ago in a Sporting goods parking lot.
This guy was a walking petra dish of disease. When I told him no he went to cussing me out
wanting to fight. Guess he was needing a fix bad, I turned and walked off and he kept on.
When I got to the front of the store manager and three other customers were pointing him out to police.
Told the officer I was permitted said don't worry about it the guy was a frequent flyer.
I was thinking they have got to handle this guy and ride in a car with him.
At the very minimum he had hepatitis and no telling what else. The threats the guy was hurling were not
scary what ever he had was. Everyone he had hit up was an old man or woman, I believe they pick
what they think are weaker targets.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby Rafter S » Fri May 22, 2015 10:31 pm

I don't usually give to people begging, but about about 20 years ago my wife and I stopped at a Dairy Queen, and as we were about to leave there was an old lady digging through the trash. I walked up to her, tapped her on the shoulder, and gave her enough money to buy a meal.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby TexasBred » Sat May 23, 2015 8:25 am

Last one I gave anything to was a guy standing outside a convenience store. It was hot as he77 and as I came out of the store he said " hey buddy can you spare a dollar for cold beer"?? I thought for about 2 seconds and said he77 yeah. At least you didn't want coffee on this hot a$$ day. Watched him as he went in, got him a single and walked out and around the corner to enjoy it. At least he was honest. Depending on how often he scored he was probably drunk in a couple of hours. :lol: :lol:
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby Dave » Tue May 26, 2015 9:33 am

On Sunday evening on my way home I stopped at a rest stop off I-5. I was barely out of my truck headed to the rest room and some young guy hit me up for gas money. He said that he was going from Portland to Seattle to see his grandpa. Now why would a person leave on a basically 150 mile trip and be out of gas after 50 miles? I said no. On my way back to my truck I noticed the guy and another guy in a newer fancier car than I drive. I didn't get my door shut on the pickup and some young gal was giving me a song and dance about needing gas money to get to Seattle. Do people not look at their gas gauge before leaving on a trip or is this just the latest way to beg.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby hurleyjd » Tue May 26, 2015 10:20 am

The begging I hate is the e-mails I get from politicians that are begging for money to run on to stay in office.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby Workinonit Farm » Tue May 26, 2015 10:35 am

I'm tired of seeing these young folks, on the corners with their Starbuck's coffee cups, NorthFace back-packs, Merril shoes and smoking a cigarette begging with signs "need a blessing" "God will thank you" etc. Most times they are less than a block from 1 or 2 stores with "Help Wanted" signs in the windows.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby talltimber » Tue May 26, 2015 11:22 am

HDRider wrote:
Drzr wrote:I often feel the "tug" to help people and It usually always near Walmart or other store so If the person is hungry I'll buy them something to eat I guess I would buy the dog some dog food but NO MONEY!!!

I gave one a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and an orange. They didn't really seem appreciative, seemed kind of surprised.

We also gave a guy wearing a uniform, said he's a vet, some wings from hooters and a big coke. He seemed like he liked it. Talked our ear off. He spit a lot when he talked. He was sitting in a wheel chair with no legs on the freeway exit ramp.


:lol2: :lol2: :lol2: (I heard that in my head to the voice of Forrest Gump)

A story relayed to me, by my uncle (WW2 vet), of a local POW of that or Korean era service, who was flagged down by a beggar on an offramp. Sign said, "HUNGRY, PLEASE HELP". Sarge stopped and asked him if he was hungry.
Beggar, Yes, starving to death.
Sarge says, here you go, handing him a banana peel.
Beggar, not knowing who he's mooching off of, throws it down and goes to cussing Sarge.
Sarge gets out and stomps him, and tells him, "If I'm not too good to eat a banana peel to stay alive, you sure as be nice ain't either."
Picks up the peel and leaves, scratchin gravels. :lol2: :lol2:
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby talltimber » Tue May 26, 2015 11:35 am

Hook wrote:Just offered a solution to a problem. It's obvious the person needs a job. In the past I have brought a person begging to help with cleaning up trash, help digging trenches for electrical and plumbing lines....you get the idea.
Instead of lambasting a person begging, offer them a hand up. You'd be surprised how often they take you up on it.


I would be surprised if any did. Must be a less lazy type of beggar around your area than mine. Mine ain't trying to do be nice, that's why they mooch off any one who will give them anything.
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Re: New begging scheme

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:44 pm

Take your leg off why??

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Re: New begging scheme

Postby greybeard » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:34 pm

In spite of what the official stats might say, I have come to the conclusion that by the number of old guys begging on corners that claim to be a Vietnam Vet, that every male in the United States must have served in Vietnam.
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