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Old 10-05-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Some come daily via vans from other cities that have banned panhandling.

Austin passed a panhandling ordinance but it was ruled unconstitutional because it unfairly targeted the homeless and unemployed..go figure.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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Can't be NEAR as bad as San Francisco. I avoid going there at all costs even though I live 10 miles away simply because you just about trip over the homeless there and what's more- they are aggressive.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:13 PM
 
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Not so sure they are all homeless. There's no requirement that one not have a home to panhandle. Just sayin'.
Have to agree. There have been some interesting articles writen about many of these people. Turns out many are not that bad off. I will be the first one in line to help someone who really needs help, but I refuse to be scammed. I moved from a much larger city, so I was surprised to find so many more people with signs here standing on corners.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Can't be NEAR as bad as San Francisco. I avoid going there at all costs even though I live 10 miles away simply because you just about trip over the homeless there and what's more- they are aggressive.
I've witnessed that, just from visiting. Ours aren't aggressive...yet.

One gripe I have about the city of Austin is allowing conspicuous panhandling to continue.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Not too long ago I handed one panhandler a reciept from Sonic (about 2 blocks away from where the panhandler was), that indicated they were hiring. The panhandler looked at it, wadded it up, and threw it on the ground. Sorry - that's where it ends for me. I don't look at them, I don't give them money, and I don't accept whatever they're giving away or selling in exchange for a 'donation' (for a probable non-existent church or treatment center). It is quite intrusive, if you ask me, for someone to badger me for a handout and then get belligerant or rude if I don't give it to them. At first I felt guilty. After three years of it, the guilt has gone away.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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I'm sure this thread is bound to turn in the wrong direction.

Yes, there is a homeless shelter, but they actually "make" money by standing on the street corners. They don't "make" any money if they're inside the homeless shelter. The reason that you see more here is because the police aren't allowed to make them move from the street corners like they are in other cities.
Free enterprise.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Can't be NEAR as bad as San Francisco. I avoid going there at all costs even though I live 10 miles away simply because you just about trip over the homeless there and what's more- they are aggressive.
Having lived in San Francisco myself, I agree that San Francisco's homeless situation is far worse.

I noticed also that the homeless situation in Austin got a lot worse in 2005 after Austin became a major destination for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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why so many?

8 years of RW debacles have taken their toll and many middle class people have fallen over the edge.


there are over 200k homeless Veterans in the USA.

Americans haven't really "earned this".
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:37 PM
 
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why so many?

8 years of RW debacles have taken their toll and many middle class people have fallen over the edge.
there are over 200k homeless Veterans in the USA.
Americans haven't really "earned this".



What is RW?
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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What is RW?
I think it rhymes with "Might Sing"
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