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Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 4:40 pm
by KCPowercat
I'll preface this with panhandling downtown and midtown is really very bearable and rare vs other cities. That being said there are a few regulars that really grind my gears.

In particular there is a couple who seem to appear for months and then disappear. He is a tall skinny black guy and she is a short larger black lady. They usually work as a team but are sometimes separate. One thing they always have in common is they are very rude and aggressive towards people. I just blow them off but I've seen them pressure so many people into giving them money. If you tell them no many times they will continue to raise their voices to get their way.

Anyways...there are a couple others but these two are a constant. Just wanted to rant I guess. I ran into her just last night again ...they love to hang around streetcar stops now and badger riders. Not much that can be done I guess but man are they annoying.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:57 pm
by NorthOak
They are clearly disturbing the peace and should be jailed.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 9:46 am
by maison rustique
The ones I detest are the "professionals." I see them a lot in Liberty. Same people, same intersections. Often a very healthy-looking dog with them, nice backpack, cellphone, etc., but holding a sign about hungry, out of work, etc. We've lived here for almost 8 years and I've seen a couple of them for nearly that long. I have a relative who, in his teenage years, said that he and his buddies would do that when they wanted extra money.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 10:17 am
by brewcrew1000
There is only one time I really wanted to give money to a Panhandler and that was in Seattle. He had a sign that said "I'll be honest, I need money for beer"

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:03 pm
by rxlexi
On an individual level this doesn't bother me; just don't give money and move along with your day. In the grand scheme of things, it makes the urban core less desirable.

If panhandling happened equally between say Plaza, downtown, Brookside, OP, Lenexa, and Leawood, wouldn't bother me. Unfortunately, like most metro social services it is KCMO's cross to bear. I do wish that were more recognized, and respected, in every large metro.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:12 pm
by wahoowa
saw the aggressive couple mentioned in the OP all the way down by 51st and main today. never seen them outside of river market - cbd - crossroads before. but then i'm rarely outside of that area myself.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 8:25 pm
by DaveKCMO
wahoowa wrote:saw the aggressive couple mentioned in the OP all the way down by 51st and main today. never seen them outside of river market - cbd - crossroads before. but then i'm rarely outside of that area myself.
I've seen them on the MAX. The man is the last person to have used a slur on me, I believe it was "faggoty ass" because I didn't give him money.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:16 pm
by mean
What a lovely person. Sheesh.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:29 pm
by normalthings
KCPowercat wrote:I'll preface this with panhandling downtown and midtown is really very bearable and rare vs other cities. That being said there are a few regulars that really grind my gears.

In particular there is a couple who seem to appear for months and then disappear. He is a tall skinny black guy and she is a short larger black lady. They usually work as a team but are sometimes separate. One thing they always have in common is they are very rude and aggressive towards people. I just blow them off but I've seen them pressure so many people into giving them money. If you tell them no many times they will continue to raise their voices to get their way.

Anyways...there are a couple others but these two are a constant. Just wanted to rant I guess. I ran into her just last night again ...they love to hang around streetcar stops now and badger riders. Not much that can be done I guess but man are they annoying.
A suburban friend gave them $5. They the started arguing with him for all the money they saw in his wallet. It was boder line getting robbed. They ended up getting most of it.

Re: Aggressive panhandlers

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:08 am
by earthling
Most here already discussed this in past...

The position that most caregiver orgs for homeless take is that you shouldn't ever give to panhandlers on the streets. The best thing to do is give to a food shelter or related org and direct them to a place to get food/shelter. Giving on the street is not doing any good for anyone (can be unsafe for all) even if some think it scores some Karma/Jesus Points. Giving food directly is better than change but that only keeps the panhandling going and can still be unsafe.

I tell friends/co-workers who give on street if they feel they need to help, give to Harvesters or something similar and direct them there. I was more involved about 15 years ago and found that places like Friendship House and Catherine's Place actually help people become self-sufficient. Unfortunately too many orgs and govt programs just keep them trapped in a system rather than help them function on their own. It's been a while since I've researched local orgs but my picks are to give to the 3 I mentioned instead of giving change/food to panhandlers, there are many others.