I know a married couple that both work when they can find a job. However, they
also panhandle to pay outstanding and recurring medical expenses due to serious
chronic illnesses.They are trying to be productive under the
conditions they find themselves in.
“You can't legislate away homelessness.”Just like
you can’t legislate away entitlement.
If you cant get a handout from people in the city. Why not do the next best
thing and get a handout from the city?
Giving unlimited money to politicians is "free speech" - asking for
money is not?Wow!
Taxes? Really people? I doubt he would make enough to even file a tax
return.The law was declared unconstitutional, yet they continue to
enforce it? THAT is illegal.I'm not an enthusiast for
panhandling just like I'm not a fan of people coming to my door to hawk
This man also looks pretty healthy for being starving as his sign says.
The article states he goes from city to city and sues them. Two cities have
settled with him. Is he getting monetary compensation when he sues and they
settle with him? (Or does his lawyer get all the money?) Tax free money for him,
but if I make a mistake on my a tax return I hear about it quickly!
He can hire an attorney but can't scrap enough together for a burger? I
hope he wins so I can continue ignoring him when I see him.
Trekker has the right idea here. "Homeless" panhandlers do not pay
taxes on income, if truly without a home they pay no rent as they live in the
shelter or on the street in good weather. Charitable groups provide meals and
medical care, even clothing. I wonder if he gets earned income credit on his
tax filling, presuming he files. If not he should be required to keep records
and file like the rest of the citizenry.What's not to like? He
even has legal counsel at his beck and call, paid for in the end by the citizens
who do pay taxes.IMO he contributes little to the public good, about
as much as his "free" counsel, but I digress.Aggressive
panhandlers are a menace and danger to elderly citizens, they are a traffic
problem at intersections. Mr. Evans is not a businessman as he provides neither
goods nor services for his begged income.At this rate, when Mr.
Evans checks out of this veil of tears, the citizens will foot the bill. And he
will be unwept, unhonored and unsung as the poet wrote.
Panhandling at intersections is dangerous. This goes for the Fire Department and
I've heard of ambulance chasers, but panhandler chasers? I can see this guy
driving a beamer around town scanning for panhandlers. Rolls down his window,
"Hey buddy, have the police cited you yet? Here's my card. Barrow a
phone and call me when they do."
Mr. Evans, McDonald's is hiring among other places, Its better than no job
pan handling.If a person Pan handles full time like Mr. Evans, He should have to
pay taxes on his earnings. He is self employed in pan handling and doesn't
want a real job.
Unless you like the idea of seeing more "First Amendment Zones" I'd
be wary of any laws which seek to limit free speech.
You can't legislate away homelessness.
Mr. Evans needs to understand that it is my constitutional right to not be
bothered by people who are panhandling. I am a hard working citizen, who chooses
to go out every day to provide for myself and my family. I understand that
people come across hard times, and sometimes need additional assistance, but to
make a ‘living’ out of handouts, whether from the government (my tax
dollars) or panhandling is lazy and wrong. Ultimately, I think Mr. Evans is
seeking an alternative route to suing the city so now he doesn’t have to
work at all.Panhandlers can make anywhere from nothing to
$100’s per hour. I wonder how much the cities settle for. Maybe I should
quit my job and start suing cities?!
Perhaps if Mr Evans could channel his energies towards something productive -
like obtaining employment - he could become a productive member of society
instead of maintaining his status as a drain on others' resources.