There are so many panhandlers out on the streets at many traffic lights where you have to wait a long time for the light to turn green. They all carry foldable cardboard signs that say homeless, or will work for food/hungry, etc. They then walk down the line of traffic with sad faces asking for handouts. It isn't that I am against helping someone out, but that they are there everyday and I am very suspicious that they are just scammers. One intersection has a panhandler in each direction and so I pass by them twice. They keep an eye out for police and quickly fold their sign when they spot police. On my way to and from appointments I now pass up to six a day.
People panhandling in the median has been a big problem in my area. So much so that BigCity has passed an ordinance against loitering in the median, citing safety considerations. It's being challenged in the courts by local homeless advocates.
Something else I've seen around lately: Young men, standing in the median, asking for donations for the local children's hospital. The donation cans do have the logo of the hospital on them, but that's easy enough to get off the internet. It may be completely legit, but I question if it's a good way to raise money. I suspect it's another one of those "10 cents for every dollar raised goes to the cause" groups.
Our school had a charity drive requiring each student to take a (sealed) can and beg for donations. It was a great cause, but not well executed on the school's part. Additionally we had to go to at least one business in walking distance of our home.
The only businesses fitting that near a good friend were a payday loan place that everyone knew sold drugs, and a biker bar.
She actually did really well in the bar, but I think the school board memeber who decided we could fail if we didn't do this should've been fired. (I went to a reptile lover's swap meet, on the logic that anywhere my family is, is home. And since it was one of the few animal shelters that would take herps and find them good, knowledgeable homes, I did pretty well. But my Spiel was "I'm failing 9th grade if I don't do this, so how would you like to improve the lives of animals AND prevent me from repeating 9th grade? If not, its cool, i always wanted to be a 25 year old high school student like on Dawson's Creek.")
Wha wha wha whatttt!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
The school board members who did this should not be fired. They and every idiot administrator who went along with it should be charged with child abuse/endangerment and stripped of their credentials!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why didn't the parents storm the school board and rip these idiots a few new ones?
I'm not a parent but I raised 7 kinds of hell, when I spent the better part of a weekend being confronted with aggressive beggars raising money for every extra curricular activity except Football. I made it very clear I was going to be just as aggressive apposing an upcoming bond issue, the reelection of every board members, and demand the resignation of the superintendent and HS administrators. I got a firm apology and promise that it wouldn't happen again. I specifically asked when panhandling became part of the TEKS (The story is a couple of teachers made a joke about get a tin can and go out and ask for donations, when affluent students complained about fees)
I reported a "charter" school to Texas Education Agency complete with pictures of their students begging for money at the intersection of senate and 290 (A highway). That intersection is in NO Way set up for pedestrians -- I took the pics after I called the cops. The dispatcher said they had multiple complaints about the kids being in traffic. (It was a high traffic time, I sit through 4 - 5 light changes to get through the intersection. I took the pics during the first seconds of red lights) *I don't know it it was a real school or just some jerk using kids*
I've also called the cops on traveling sports teams that beg at HW 6 and FM 529.