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Old 05-04-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Tired of panhandlers at McDonalds. There is no way to tell for sure, but I doubt someone actually homeless would be concerned if I was on my way to church or not. Sounds a bit like a guilt trip if you ask me. And this person was very mean, cussing me out as I left.
We were in KFC and there was one in and she couldn't understand us or us either. She was like a foreigner. It was awful!!

My mum blamed our accents but the girl came over and said it was normal!

 
Old 05-04-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Panhandlers are everywhere here. People come here, pretend to be homeless, and rake in a lot of money by begging on the streets.
 
Old 05-04-2014, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver has a very high number of panhandlers for a city of its size. I once had one come into a coffee shop and sat down at my table and asked me if I was going to finish my brownie. Another friend of mine said she was at a food court in a mall eating lunch and a homeless man sat down at her table and without saying a word just started eating her food.... It's crazy here!
 
Old 05-04-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Top of the South (Motueka), NZ
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Vancouver has a very high number of panhandlers for a city of its size. I once had one come into a coffee shop and sat down at my table and asked me if I was going to finish my brownie. Another friend of mine said she was at a food court in a mall eating lunch and a homeless man sat down at her table and without saying a word just started eating her food.... It's crazy here!
Wow, I've never seen it here, not even in Auckland.

Plenty of buskers, but they earn their money.
 
Old 05-04-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Vancouver has a very high number of panhandlers for a city of its size. I once had one come into a coffee shop and sat down at my table and asked me if I was going to finish my brownie. Another friend of mine said she was at a food court in a mall eating lunch and a homeless man sat down at her table and without saying a word just started eating her food.... It's crazy here!
That's crazy!

I noticed a lot panhandlers in Washington DC.
 
Old 05-04-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Vancouver has a very high number of panhandlers for a city of its size. I once had one come into a coffee shop and sat down at my table and asked me if I was going to finish my brownie. Another friend of mine said she was at a food court in a mall eating lunch and a homeless man sat down at her table and without saying a word just started eating her food.... It's crazy here!
We get all the wanderers from the rest of the country, especially groups of young people that come for the summer to hang out. Most are harmless and don't bother people. I've never heard or seen the experiences you described though.

I remember a time when Vancouver had practically no panhandlers, and the ones that existed stayed mainly in the DTES.
They started drifting west in the late 1970's, early '80's. I remember the first time I saw a panhandler on Robson street. They actually apologized for being there and said they were trying to do a little higher class panhandling. LOL
The worse was just over 10 or so years ago when many of them moved into the west end. It's much better now.
 
Old 05-04-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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We get all the wanderers from the rest of the country, especially groups of young people that come for the summer to hang out. Most are harmless and don't bother people. I've never heard or seen the experiences you described though.

I remember a time when Vancouver had practically no panhandlers, and the ones that existed stayed mainly in the DTES.
They started drifting west in the late 1970's, early '80's. I remember the first time I saw a panhandler on Robson street. They actually apologized for being there and said they were trying to do a little higher class panhandling. LOL
The worse was just over 10 or so years ago when many of them moved into the west end. It's much better now.
Yes Vancouver certainly attracts homeless and transients from the rest of Canada due to the much milder climate. Certainly the experiences I describe are not common but they have happened before. The brownie incident for me happened about 10 years ago so not recently. I'm not sure how long ago my friends story happened but probably within the same timeframe. You are right in that most panhandlers are harmless but you get the odd one who isn't and is most likely high on drugs and may have wandered from the DTES
 
Old 05-04-2014, 03:21 PM
 
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Wow, I've never seen it here, not even in Auckland.

Plenty of buskers, but they earn their money.
You are lucky then!

How much crime is there there?
 
Old 05-04-2014, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Yes Vancouver certainly attracts homeless and transients from the rest of Canada due to the much milder climate. Certainly the experiences I describe are not common but they have happened before. The brownie incident for me happened about 10 years ago so not recently. I'm not sure how long ago my friends story happened but probably within the same timeframe. You are right in that most panhandlers are harmless but you get the odd one who isn't and is most likely high on drugs and may have wandered from the DTES
Yes, there is the odd one that looks a bit crazed and it is usually because of drugs. I steer clear if I see them. I think though it's extremely rare that one causes harm. There was the Tim Horton's incident a few weeks back that would of made me feel quite uncomfortable. Chairs through the windows.
It wasn't reported though, if he was on drugs or just mentally ill.
 
Old 05-04-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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Funny how you can't walk but yet you can think to order a meal... Hmmm...
Once I was walking back from a party in undergrad. It was an area most weren't too familiar with, so people were puzzled on how to get back. I started giving directions and I must have been obviously staggering. My friend didn't believe my directions, "you can't walk straight! And you know where you're going?! Me: "just because I can't walk straight doesn't mean I don't know where I'm going".
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