Panhandlers in Richmond; Richmond city councilman Bruce Tyler says ...

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Are more people begging on the streets of Richmond? City councilman Bruce Tyler thinks so.
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John

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Not looking good for "not a teahead".

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Oct 8, 2010
 
I completely agree that these beggars should be banned from what they do. Too often I've seen people swearing they don't have a cent, then they walk away to their late-model car, and drive away with my money. I do understand that there are OBVIOUSLY poor people out there, so it's unfortunate that "one bad apple spoiled the bunch.
Glen Allen

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If people will stop giving these people money, they will go away. There are many, many, legitimate charities in and around the City of Richmond that folks can donate time or money to assist the less fortunate. Many of those resorting to panhandling are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, please know that your contributions (directly to them) are not helping them, but in fact aiding them in slowly killing themselves. They need help,and that help is free, and available to them, but they have to ask for it. Perhaps signs (at the "regular" panhandling spots)directing these folks to the nearest "help" center, would help those that are in need and just don't know where to get it.
Joe

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Get a bunch of applications to various jobs and put them in envelopes and give them to the beggars and stop giving them money and they will slowly disappear....If you keep giving they will stick around and keep taking...There are programs out there that help homeless people but they will not help anyone that abuses the system with drugs and alcohol which many of the beggars are standing in the street to get money for...Which hurts the ones that really need help and are struggling.
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and with the signs written on cardboard. im a Vet and homeless. they fight for our county and now they stand on every cornor and beg us to feel sorry for them. What the hell are you people thinking when you give them money. Do you really think that you helping them to get a place to stay or food or a job.
Uhmm No you helping them get a buzz and drunk or a fix. REALLY People give me Money i take too
Glen Allen

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It is no wonder that Marty Jewell can sympathize with drunks/druggies.
Fred

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I see these people all of the time in different locations in the city.One guy has a sign that says he's homeless but is always clean shaven with clean clothes.I saw one with a sign that said he needed money for train ticket back to Norfolk...2 days he was at Maury st. exit and 2 days he was at the Boulevard exit...didn't know train tickets cost so much!!There may actually be some that are in need,but from what I have seen, they are just good actors preying on people with signs like"God bless you", "Homeless Vet".I have never quite understood how they can stand or walk up and down the street all day long begging, but can't manage to find a job.Go figure!!
A Painter

Richmond, VA

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Oct 9, 2010
 
All three beggars were video taped near the Carver neighborhood. The woman in the hat has been a professional beggar for at least 20 years. I think the guy doing the pirouette lives in a rehab-house on Clay St. Not sure, I couldn't really see his face in the video. I do see the black dude (not Marty Jewell) kicking around the neighborhood, usually with his boombox in one hand and a beer in the other. These folks actually have jobs: they beg for money. I choose not to spend my money on their product: pity. I have no use for it. I don't know why someone would choose that line of work, but then again I don't know why someone would choose to be a politician either.
Harry Balliger

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Oct 9, 2010
 
I hate to judge them all by one incident I had about 5 years ago but most are the same. I picked up one guy over in the city who had a "I will work for food and money" sign and we went to do some yard work at my home. I left him outside spreading some mulch while I went in to make us a few cheeseburgers for lunch. I went back outside and he had run off with the case of beer I had in my garage fridge. Didn't ever notice anything else missing but I guess he got what he was really after. Never gave him a dollar, he just stole my $14 case of beer.
Barbara

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Oct 9, 2010
 
I see the same people - day in, day out - year in, year out, soliciting for tax-free funds. They move around the city. I often see the same person in various locations and often, there is a partner working with him, or her, on a cross street. There are times when people are desperate; I have seen people who looked so sad or disabled that I have gone and bought food for them and, yes, at times I have given money to someone who looked really down and out. The intersection of Staples Mill and Broad is particularly bad. The same people are there all the time, walking aggressively into traffic and stopping at car windows. Thompson and Monument is another favored spot, as is Belvidere around Leigh Street. Some of the Drug stores and grocery store parking lots have been invaded by people asking for money. There are genuine needs and desperation, but some of these people have a profession going. No telling what they make each day - even $100 a day is about $3,000 a month - tax-free.
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Oct 9, 2010
 
i have worked at my place business on Chamberlayne Avenue for 2 and half years and often have to drive to the city on business and there has definitely been an increase in the number of people with signs asking for money. also a couple of times a week i walk to one of the nearby fast food places and see a number of people asking for money, something to eat, cigarettes, etc. i have come to recognize these people and they recognize me as well. i wouldn't say there is an epidemic but panhandling is increasing. Councilman Jewell needs to get out of his office and take a ride from Belvidere and Broad to Azalea Avenue and to Azalea and Brook Road. i'm not offended by these people at all but there was a situation that happened at one of the local gas stations. A panhandler was begging someone from out of state at the gas pump for money and i had to tell him to leave them alone and go away. they were afraid to say anything to him but were looking around for someone to help them. and as far as free speech goes thats all well and good but begging for money doesn't fit into that category. oh yeah, as far as politicians go thats another story. they do at least work. and if they "couldn't beg for money" what else would they have to do???
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Oct 10, 2010
 
and all agressive panhandlers will get their butts kicked.its makes me angry to see them do this to old people.
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Oct 10, 2010
 
Many years ago when I was a young man and really down on my luck, I too was homeless. It wasn't pleasant and it wasn't fun. But I NEVER stood on a street corner and begged for money. I approached businesses and people and begged for WORK!

So I'm somewhat fascinated with this concept. I wonder... If I took a week off of work and stood at a street corner begging for money... I wonder how much money I could bring in?
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Oct 10, 2010
 
I live in West Leigh St. This is the Carver district they are in and its been an increase of "PanHandleders". I dont think its bad helping out because you never know if you will end up in their shoes. I disagree with aressting people because they are asking for help. You do not know their story, so what do you know?

Im not a saint but just put yourself in their shoes for a day dreams thought and then let me know how you feel. Ive made sandwhiches and taken them outside and fed the less fortunate.

So instead of the city wasting my money on arresting these people who are not hurting any one nor breaking the law, WHY DONT YOU GET OUT THERE AND ARREST THE PRICKS WHO ARE OUT THERE ROBBING US BLIND AT GUN POINT. Do your jobs and leave them alone.
Glen Allen

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Oct 10, 2010
 
Ernest wrote:
I live in West Leigh St. This is the Carver district they are in and its been an increase of "PanHandleders". I dont think its bad helping out because you never know if you will end up in their shoes. I disagree with aressting people because they are asking for help. You do not know their story, so what do you know?
Im not a saint but just put yourself in their shoes for a day dreams thought and then let me know how you feel. Ive made sandwhiches and taken them outside and fed the less fortunate.
So instead of the city wasting my money on arresting these people who are not hurting any one nor breaking the law, WHY DONT YOU GET OUT THERE AND ARREST THE PRICKS WHO ARE OUT THERE ROBBING US BLIND AT GUN POINT. Do your jobs and leave them alone.
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There is plenty of free assistance for these people, free food, lodging, and even help to get off drugs/alcohol. Giving them money is NOT helping them. If you wish to donate to legitimate organizations that provide assistance to these folks, then contact your local Social Services office, or donate your time or money to one of the many church groups that offer these programs.
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Oct 11, 2010
 
C'mon Marty, there's not a pan handling problem in Richmond? I do not know where you are driving, but it must not be in the City. It does not matter how I travel to/from work everyday, I see the same people on the corners asking for money. In fact, at the corner of Broad and Staples Mill Road, I saw several people give food to the man on the corner one morning, that afternoon when I left to go home, the food was still there, but he was not. So obviously he was not so bad off that he needed or knew someone who needed the food. Instead he left the food and the containers on the corner for someone else to clean up. With all the assistance groups that are out there specifically helping folks in need, it is a huge RED FLAG to see all these people out begging every day. Maybe the City should increase their license fee to panhandle. I commend Chesterfield and Henrico governments for putting an end to panhandling in their communities.
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Oct 11, 2010
 
It might be OUTLAWED IN HENRICO but I saw a woman yesterday at the Target on BROOK ROAD.She was at the light between Martins & Target holding a sign. They are still in Henrico. I have also seen them at the light by the Burger King going into Big Lots & Walmart parking lots.
I once had a woman & her son two years in a row tell me there car broke down & they needed money to eat & fix there car. Same story twice.
I didn't fall for it either time.
RVA

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Oct 11, 2010
 
The bums will always loose, time to get a job sir!
Marie D

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Oct 11, 2010
 
I see panhandlers constantly and I am sick of it. WHY would anyone give money to someone on the street? I volunteer with the Foodbank and these people can get a meal if ndeded. I hear the Caritas program is not all it should be....but these people are on the street to get money for booze and drugs...not a place to stay.
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Oct 11, 2010
 
Let them stay in the city. Rather for them to be in the business districts than the suburbs. One of my neighbors panhandles since her husband passed away, some 17-20 years ago. She earns 30 to 50 dollars an hour and paid cash for her childrens out-of-state college tuition. Even added a nice 2 bedroom, spa and deck on her house in the mid 90's. She usually picks someone up in Petersburg and drops them on her corner, when she has other errands to take care of.

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