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Old 06-30-2017, 08:48 AM
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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San Francisco and Seattle. Out of control.
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:09 AM
Location: DFW
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San Francisco, Oakland, and (in particular) Berkeley, CA. A lot of the panhandlers there will make fun of you or talk sh*t as you pass by if you don't give them any money.

Pasadena, CA also has some pretty aggressive ones as well, mostly hanging around the freeway exit ramps.

Originally Posted by C24L View Post
Midland-Odessa and Austin, Texas in my experience
Midland-Odessa? Seriously? I just see them hanging around the loop intersections hoping people driving by will spare them some change. Aggressive, in my mind, would be stopping traffic. I've seen some around downtown as well but I've rarely been asked for money.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:42 PM
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I was approached by a lot of panhandlers on Main Street in Columbia SC near the Uni of South Carolina's campus back in 2004.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Natural510 View Post
They take advantage of the laid back and liberal nature of most of the people living on the left coast. People in NYC and Boston have no problem telling them to F right off without guilt.
Agreed! I've traveled all over, and noticed a lot of aggressive panhandling by a lot of entitled bums in Porland, OR & Seattle, WA. Though each of those cities were great & had a lot to offer, the panhandling was over the top in many cases. I blame the liberal city management for a lot of this. In Portland especially, the homeless had taken over entire street corners in some cases. This type of thing wouldn't be allowed in a lot of other major metropolitan areas - even in cities with much larger populations.

Conversely, a lot of panhandlers in NYC will not come up to you & aggressively ask for money, but will instead carry signs - which is not nearly as intrusive.

Originally Posted by Greg10556 View Post
But about a month ago, A homeless fella said he was going to slit my throats after I said I had no cash. I'm used to this, but this time was different. Dude started following me around as I walked around doing my job. He mumbling and such the whole time, I actually got a little nervous. So I took off running around a corner and went through an alley back around to my work truck and left for about an hour, came back and he was long gone
Scary, but not at all surprising. I've seen a lot of dangerous mentally ill panhandlers around. Obviously, a lot of these a-holes are dangerous & shouldn't be allowed to be walking around harassing innocent people. There was as case in Portland this past summer when one of these scumbags killed two innocent people. Sickening. They should lock away all of these scum & throw away the keys.

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Old 09-25-2017, 09:54 AM
Location: North America
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Los Angeles isn't too bad. I often walk in Downtown, usually people with a cup jingling it infront of a 7/11 or grocer, but never really hear anything like "spare some change". Often just people with signs standing there. Or young ones with a dog sitting near a starbucks or McDonalds on Hollywood Blvd. Venice beach homeless seem tame just more hanging out than being aggressive. oddly I think people tend to give money more freely with a sign or a cup in front of them rather than someone actually asking for it.

San Francisco- havenbeen in years but they actually go ask you for it. sometimes walk a few yards begging for change.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:09 AM
Location: The Springs
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Colorado Springs has them on all 4 corners of most every major intersection. They're not really aggresive however. I have given a few bucks in the past, but offering most a job will get them running on to the next vehicle before you can finish.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:12 AM
Location: Salt Lake City
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Per capita, Salt Lake City has a huge panhandling problem. We're trying hard to deal with it, but it's really bad.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:45 AM
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I was very surprised at the homeless population and aggressive nature in Denver, just wasn't expecting it. It was a little intense downtown at times, many people were loud and seemed on drugs.

Same with San Fran, just wasn't expecting it and they were banging on restaurant windows, screaming.

In Chicago many homeless and beggers are so tame, I'm use to a mousy person casually asking if you have a dollar or can help out.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:55 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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Austin seems to have a lot of homeless
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:31 AM
Location: Northeast states
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Harlem and Midtown Manhattan NYC
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