Homeless man sues Sandy over panhandling enforcement

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  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    May 7, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    May 7, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    “You can't legislate away homelessness.”

    Just like you can’t legislate away entitlement.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    May 7, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    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?

  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    May 7, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    Giving unlimited money to politicians is "free speech" - asking for money is not?


  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    May 7, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    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 religion.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    This man also looks pretty healthy for being starving as his sign says.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    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!

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    May 7, 2014 6:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    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.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    Panhandling at intersections is dangerous. This goes for the Fire Department and boots.

  • Shamal Happy Valley, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:20 p.m.

    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."

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    May 6, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    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.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:04 p.m.

    Unless you like the idea of seeing more "First Amendment Zones" I'd be wary of any laws which seek to limit free speech.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    May 6, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    You can't legislate away homelessness.

  • JamesW Fresno, CA
    May 6, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    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?!

  • ultragrampa Farmington, UT
    May 6, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    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.