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Old 07-12-2017, 06:33 AM
 
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You should spend time here in California with our panhandlers. It's in crisis mode, even in affluent areas like south Orange County or Silicon Valley, or even in agrarian communities like Visalia or Lodi. The crisis has become a serious political issue at the state level and at municipal levels (particularly L.A. and San Francisco) because of the ramifications that the lack of affordable housing is having on driving some people out to the streets, Propositions 47 and 57 which have reduced some felonies to misdemeanors and reduced prison sentence times, and the complicated web of quality of life issues interwoven in all of this. L.A. City voters voted last year to raise sales taxes to expedite the construction of affordable housing, including housing for the very low- or no-income.

In Greater L.A. (L.A., Antelope Valley, Ventura, Orange County, Inland Empire), there are an estimated 70,000 homeless people. In the San Francisco Bay Area (SF, Oakland, San Jose, Silicon Valley, Napa), there are an estimated 15,000-20,000.

Other West Coast cities such as San Diego, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle are increasingly having their problems with the homeless population as well.

I'm glad to learn that Lexington is already trying creative strategies to address this issue that are intended to improve the quality of life for taxpaying citizens, put homeless people back to work and back in shelter, and cost the city a relative minimum to implement.
Boy I'll say. A few years ago there was one person who panhandled off a freeway exit. It so happens I knew someone who knew him. I was told the guy made $200 doing that a few hours a day, of course all tax free. That was his job. It was a perfect job. He did that whenever he wanted and was his own boss. People were stupid enough to give him money.
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:53 PM
 
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As far as Lexington panhandlers go, I haven't had any trouble at restaurants, albeit I rarely eat downtown because of parking. The place I've been approached the most is the parking lot of Barnes and Noble's in Hamburg. I've been approached a couple of times in the parking lot and once actually in the store. There was a woman who rolled down her window, claimed she was a schoolteacher from a nearby county and needed money for gas to get home. She had a six year old or so kid and an old lady in her car as props! I gave her a few bucks and she tore out of the lot like she had robbed a bank.

I guess in some ways, she did.
The out of gas story is a very common scam. It's often embroidered by claims of a hospitalized relative, and having accessories like a small child or elderly person along are efforts to make the tale more believable. The local hospitals have had problems with panhandlers actually IN waiting rooms and hallways, accosting visitors and family members of patients with variations of this story. The only way these grifters are "out of gas" is if you consider alcohol or narcotics "fuel".

Next time, offer to escort the panhandler to the nearest gas station, where you can pay for the gas. See what happens then.

Hamburg seems to be a popular hangout for panhandlers these days. Of course, the same could be said for many if not most major intersections around Lexington, particularly those along I-75 and New Circle Road.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:21 PM
 
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The out of gas story is a very common scam. It's often embroidered by claims of a hospitalized relative, and having accessories like a small child or elderly person along are efforts to make the tale more believable. The local hospitals have had problems with panhandlers actually IN waiting rooms and hallways, accosting visitors and family members of patients with variations of this story. The only way these grifters are "out of gas" is if you consider alcohol or narcotics "fuel".

Next time, offer to escort the panhandler to the nearest gas station, where you can pay for the gas. See what happens then.

Hamburg seems to be a popular hangout for panhandlers these days. Of course, the same could be said for many if not most major intersections around Lexington, particularly those along I-75 and New Circle Road.
Here in CA, at least where I live, bringing your child along while you panhandle has resulted in people calling the police or child protective services, so those using small children as props aren't around very long. Sadly though, dogs are used too. One is more likely to give money or more money if there's a sad looking dog that needs to eat.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:24 PM
 
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Shooting almost every night, robberies daily, and drug related crimes all over the city and we concentrate on pan handlers. If you don't like pan handlers then don't give them anything. Police time should be too valuable to bother with pan handlers.
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Old 07-29-2017, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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I know we have many other problems other than and bigger than panhandlers. But, yet it remains a problem.
In decades past and years past, this was so rare or almost unheard of.
Many times, the people are are just scamming people from their hard earned money, and people should be made aware of it....any more they actually often work in groups...and often they fake homelessness, disability, etc.
It's a Con, and people need to know the facts, so they don't give....when you give to them, it is only encouraging this to continue.

My husband was in Palomar Center again yesterday, waiting on my son, and was approached by two different people soliciting money....first a well dressed lady who claims she took her children swimming across the street and lost her debit card...then a man who claimed to need gas money. My husband asked the man if he was in a group with the woman who had just asked him for money, then man claimed he didn't know what he was talking about...but ran off.

Lexington has many places that will give someone down and out a free meal, many organizations that let the homeless stay there....but most aren't pretending to be homeless any more. There is often a sad story, that sometimes makes no sense...

I feel for the homeless population and the down and out....there but by the grace of God, go I.....but it's important to remember there is actually big bucks to be had in doing this....and some people have absolutely no scruples. It's important for people to know that they might be being conned.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:29 AM
 
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Check this out...

LEX 18 Crew Follows Panhandlers - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

BUSTED.

Having been taken by these types more than once in my life for considerable amounts of money, my new rule is don't give money to anyone who isn't clearly underweight and in dire need of some food.
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