I've noticed a stark increase in panhandlers lately, but I don't know why. The BRAC actually increased jobs available on our Base, so shouldn't there be less sob stories?
Particularly, we have, my BF and I, gotten petitioned five times over the past year by the same guy, who is always looking for a burger or a dollar for gas, etc. Each time we've turned him down and he's still there when we've gone out. I also know, from checking police logs, he gets around town. I saw him around Christmas, three days in a row, in the logs. Once at both Wal of Mart and Albert's Sons, which are next to each other here, and the other two? Still at McDonalds.
We also have a guy who sits on the turn out from one of the strip malls, who has been constantly holding a Will Work Money sign. I feel bad for him, he's never been actively panhandling of any of us, but he's at such a spot I'm afraid someone won't see him and he'll get hit.