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Old 09-18-2016, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Omaha Nebraska and dreamland when I am sleeping
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Pandhandler Street aka 72nd and Dodge as some call it have folks always asking for money

anyone else notice it

and if so, what is your take on panhandling at 72nd and dodge
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Yes, I saw them (2). I also have seen them at other corners in the city. At 72nd street the two were working the island in the middle of the Dodge street on the East and the West side of Dodge.

Because their was 2 it was an organized effort. I have read stories in other cities of Gypsies traveling from city to city doing this.

There was also a story about UNO sociology class doing research on panhandling and they had class members doing panhandling on several busy corners around the city at the same times.

If you don't believe this is organized then drive past the corners every 2 hours and notice that the panhandlers there at noon are not same ones at 2M, 4PM, and 6PM.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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I find the ones who approach me as I'm walking into businesses or along the sidewalk to be far more annoying. The ones are the street are easy enough to ignore.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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I find the ones who approach me as I'm walking into businesses or along the sidewalk to be far more annoying. The ones are the street are easy enough to ignore.
...Unless you get stuck at the light while they are standing there, staring at you in your car- I've had this happen on more than one occasion, LOL
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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...Unless you get stuck at the light while they are standing there, staring at you in your car- I've had this happen on more than one occasion, LOL
Like mall kiosk vendors, I never make eye contact. If it happens inadvertently, a simple shaking of the head usually suffices.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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They are there because people give them money; if nobody gave them anything they would leave.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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It's a job... like any other job. They provide a service (assuage guilt or relief from fear) and you give them money.

At the end of the day, they go back to the "office" divvy up the revenue, pay their expenses and go out to dinner.

It's not the best job in the world. For the most part, they don't work on crappy days, so no work = no sales. They have to stand, having a nice comfy chair hardly elicits sympathy. No medical insurance, no 401K. There's that nagging embarrassment of putting "beggar" on your resume, which, on the other hand is slightly more appealing than having "Outgoing call center, with the completed training on hanging up immediately when the person says they are on the no-call list" on it.

On the plus side, they get to make their own hours, don't have to deal with office gossip, and get to wear shabby chic clothing.
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