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Old 03-01-2012, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Never knew Houston has so many whiners. Learning something new everyday.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I totally agree with you on this one. I have experienced the panhandlers in Vancouver as well as San Fran and ours seem more aggressive and actually angry at times when you wont "give" to them. Maybe its because i live here and vacay there.
Agree. Maybe its the highly socialized nature of these areas...
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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Maybe you aren't bothered by bums in the suburbs but it gets to be a pain in the metro. We have transformed some low income neighborhoods, into nice mixed use residential spaces, generating tax $ for the city and profits for many small business owners. Does that make me a snob? If yes, then *********, stick to your burbs. We'll move the vagrants to your area and see how you like it. Am I glad I'm not homeless or mentally ill? Yes, but if you want/need help go get it. Thats not the point of this thread. I'm just sick of turning down beggars when I get gas, then another beggar when I get my cleaning, then another when I hit Specs, then another when I get a coffee. etc.
Man O Man don't ever visit Jamaica...the begging is relentless no matter where you are! I will NEVER visit that place again due to the brutal begging! Saying NO does not even make them flinch...I had to use a phrase that thankfully was taught to me just before I visited and it worked wonders if NO did not ward them off! It is very very annoying to be constantly hit on by beggars when you are trying to enjoy your vacation. If you ever go to Jamaica make sure you know the phase that will stop them in their tracks!

I actually feel badly for some of the homeless people. I had befriended 2 in downtown Houston. They were both mentally challenged but the most interesting part is that they NEVER asked me for a single dime! I fed them whenever I was downtown and spotted them. It actually made my day to make their day. I don't know what ever became of them but I am thankful that I could help them the little that I did.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I know some people at a pub that 'befriended' a couple of them as well. Provided them odd jobs to make some money. Then they got violent when just females were around. Persona non grata after that. Yes mental illness is a big part of the problem, but they are still annoying and if I wasnt a good sized guy I may be threatened.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:01 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Somebody please educate me -- which organization is represented by the group of well-groomed young men in suits and bowties who are often at the intersection of Scott and OST?
Do you really want the answer or do you know?
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