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Old 01-14-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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Panhandlers 'work' areas where people give them money. (Most make very good money at it too, $100/day is the bottom end.) Don't give 'em money and you won't have any panhandlers. They are pros, they go where the money is.

Bozeman has a bunch of professional beggars with a regular 'pitch' (the spot one stakes out as his own) at Costco and Walmart. Didn't see any in Billings but so far have only made one trip to Costco and Walmart.

If you want to see a hella lot of panhandlers, try California, where the weather for 'work' is good a lot more of the time!
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:21 AM
 
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Panhandlers 'work' areas where people give them money. (Most make very good money at it too, $100/day is the bottom end.) Don't give 'em money and you won't have any panhandlers. They are pros, they go where the money is.

Bozeman has a bunch of professional beggars with a regular 'pitch' (the spot one stakes out as his own) at Costco and Walmart. Didn't see any in Billings but so far have only made one trip to Costco and Walmart.

If you want to see a hella lot of panhandlers, try California, where the weather for 'work' is good a lot more of the time!








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Old 06-10-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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And having now lived over at Billings for six months -- I still haven't seen any panhandlers. There are more obvious lowlifes downtown here, but haven't seen any with their hands out.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:51 AM
 
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Panhandlers 'work' areas where people give them money. (Most make very good money at it too, $100/day is the bottom end.) Don't give 'em money and you won't have any panhandlers. They are pros, they go where the money is.

Bozeman has a bunch of professional beggars with a regular 'pitch' (the spot one stakes out as his own) at Costco and Walmart. Didn't see any in Billings but so far have only made one trip to Costco and Walmart.

If you want to see a hella lot of panhandlers, try California, where the weather for 'work' is good a lot more of the time!
Actually panhandlers don't make a lot these days. True, back 15-20 years ago when you first started seeing people with signs, they made really good money. Sometimes as much as 500-750 dollars a day. And it's been going down ever since. Now instead of seeing 1 or 2 people holding signs every once in a while in most major cities there are literally hundreds of people holding signs 24 hours a day and the same people stake claim to the same corners everyday. They are oversaturated. I know several folks who do this it takes them 8 hrs sometimes to make 20 bucks but oftentimes will come back with apples, bananas, and oranges which they toss. People are just tired of them. Sometimes I will give to an elderly panhandler...someone whom I can tell is way past being able to work and I don't care what he spends it on....if a bottle of wine will ease his pain for a night....fine. But this whole "they make hundreds everyday and have bank accounts" is pure poppycock. Most are on welfare and foodstamps and they use the little bit of money they make panhandling buying a small amount of booze or some drugs.
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Actually panhandlers don't make a lot these days. True, back 15-20 years ago when you first started seeing people with signs, they made really good money. Sometimes as much as 500-750 dollars a day. And it's been going down ever since. Now instead of seeing 1 or 2 people holding signs every once in a while in most major cities there are literally hundreds of people holding signs 24 hours a day and the same people stake claim to the same corners everyday. They are oversaturated. I know several folks who do this it takes them 8 hrs sometimes to make 20 bucks but oftentimes will come back with apples, bananas, and oranges which they toss. People are just tired of them.
That's what happens to any oversaturated labor market. Same reason construction workers in SoCal are down to $10/hour... there are just too many Mexicans on every street corner, willing and able.

But where there's more money or less competition per donor, they still make enough -- otherwise there wouldn't be so many able-bodied people still doing it.

Tho I suppose otherwise, a lot of these wouldn't work; they'd do B&E for a living. We should be grateful they decided on begging as a career instead.

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Sometimes I will give to an elderly panhandler...someone whom I can tell is way past being able to work and I don't care what he spends it on....
Reasonable enough, but one seldom sees such elderly panhandlers. Door greeter at Walmart at least comes with benefits and a warm spot to sit.
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