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Old 02-25-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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I could be mistaken on this, but I think there was a lawsuit the Houston Chronicle was involved with that forced the city to allow them to sell the papers at the intersections, which also allowed the pan-handling. I may not be remembering all of that right. But I think there was something to that effect.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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City ordinance already prohibited panhandling within 8 feet of ATMs, parking meters, bus shelters and gas pumps. The council extended the rule to outdoor dining establishments.
City Council on Wednesday passed a ban on panhandling within 8 feet of a sidewalk cafe. Violation of the buffer zone is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $500.( hahaha!! fine panhandler!)

The council also had before it an extension to East Downtown of a so-called civility ordinance that bans sleeping and sitting on sidewalks, in response to loft and apartment residents who report frequent instances of public urination, littering and noise nuisances. Action on that item was delayed for a week.

Houston diners will have 8-foot buffer from panhandlers - Houston Chronicle
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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i know under many overpasses there are signs saying "no loitering, camping" etc. the homeless always find somewhere else to go if a city core pushes them out... because well they don't just disappear. houston also has a "homeless count" every year compassionate people can volunteer for. the goal is to physically count every homeless person in the city. overall it is pretty fun

the panhandling right outside my neighborhood does make me upset. there is a really nice guy that works 8-10 hours just about every Saturday and Sunday selling newspapers and he is sometimes crowded out or has to stand around with someone going after his customers for change. then of course it is upsetting when you see people giving their spare change/bucks to a guy posing as a charity fundraiser. it is almost always some work truck or junky vehicle giving them money and you know they probably could be doing something better with it
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Houston
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The newspaper guys I don't mind so much. I think mainly because they aren't there every day and actually have something to offer.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I occasionally will buy a meal for a homeless person. I have also given my leftovers to one who asked me if they could have my food when I was leaving a restaurant. I don't do it every time - would be impossible but occasionally I do. Many of those on the street are mentally ill - others are just lazy lowlifes and often you can tell the difference and spot those who are obviously mentally ill or disabled..
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Bayou City
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I really get a kick out of the ones who try to play the racial sympathy card with me. They're like, "Aww, c'mon BROTHA, help me out BROTHA." I'm like, I already have a brother. And he has a job. You should try the same.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I had a very naive friend spend one Saturday buying fast food and trying to distribute to the people with signs stating they needed food. Most of them threw the food back at her. Unfortunately, she had her young son with her (trying to teach compassion). I think it was a failed lesson. Her heart was in the right place.
Probably a very good lesson for both.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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City ordinance already prohibited panhandling within 8 feet of ATMs, parking meters, bus shelters and gas pumps. The council extended the rule to outdoor dining establishments.
City Council on Wednesday passed a ban on panhandling within 8 feet of a sidewalk cafe. Violation of the buffer zone is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $500.( hahaha!! fine panhandler!)

The council also had before it an extension to East Downtown of a so-called civility ordinance that bans sleeping and sitting on sidewalks, in response to loft and apartment residents who report frequent instances of public urination, littering and noise nuisances. Action on that item was delayed for a week.

Houston diners will have 8-foot buffer from panhandlers - Houston Chronicle
Hasnt really worked at the gas stations and the bums stand just outside the dining area so they bother you when you are finished.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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For the record I contribute to the local food shelves with the thought that if one is humgry there is a place to get food. 95% of the beggars I see are male.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Well, at least there's one innovative guy downtown. Apparently, he pilfered a hard hat, found a broken serpentine belt and stops folks saying "I need $11.99 for a new belt so I can go home!". I asked him what kind of vehicle it came from and he laughed and walked away.

Ronnie
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