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Glebe Road Panhandlers
  • nittanyballston June 12, 2014 - 9:32 am #108028 Reply

    I am sure this topic has been raised here before, but what is the deal with the panhandlers at Glebe Rd/Lee Highway and Glebe Rd/Fairfax Dr?  Each day there seem to be different people at each location.  Do they know each other and take shifts? How do they get there? Are they really homeless? Does anyone actually give them money?  Inquiring minds want to know.

     

    ahum June 12, 2014 - 9:43 am #108030 Reply

    Not sure about the ones you are talking about, but I’ve heard before them working as teams. And you have street pandhandlers in places today that I woudl never have imagined. On Shady Grove road, the exit from 370 in moco, you now have panhandlers. They’ve had panhandlers on the intersection of 355 and shady grove road for a couple years. The entire dc area is going to crap. Some may be homeless, some may not be. If it didn’t get them decent money they wouldn’t be doing it. I see panhandlers in DC every day that drink expensive cosi or starbucks coffee, they can afford to buy DC cigarettes, etc.. Panhandling works.

    John Fontain June 12, 2014 - 10:58 am #108038 Reply

    Yes, it has been discussed here before.  It is an organized operation that includes drivers to drop them off and pick them up and rotate their shifts.  Quite an operation, actually.  And amazing to me that Arlington County Police Department turns a blind to this.

    And yes, they do collect a ton of money.  I remember being stopped at the light one time and the panhandler turned his back, pulled out his wad of cash and started counting it.  The pile of money was huge.

    http://www.arlnow.com/topic/organized-panhandling/

     

    ahum June 12, 2014 - 11:36 am #108044 Reply

    I have one of the most bizarre panhandling stories ever. I was walking back to the clarendon area from Cowboy cafe or whatever it is called, a few years ago, i was drunk, but not stumbling, etc, and a car pulled up next to me and I started getting worried, what the heck the person wanted, and the person DRIVING the car begged me for gas money. I was so astounded, even while drunk, that I gave him $5.

    smiley456 June 12, 2014 - 1:14 pm #108063 Reply

    ahum, I hope his car was sputtering and stalling :-)

    As for panhandlers, and yes, not quite the same. I but don’t like it when fire depts, high schools, etc stand at corners for money. Just unsafe.

    ipitythefool June 12, 2014 - 1:37 pm #108064 Reply

    It’s a little off putting that those guys whip out $600 smart phones. Most of them aren’t even dressed for the part with expensive watches, very nice designer jeans and shirts. It’s a scam. They can be found at different intersections along Glebe rd and sometimes I see the same guys in Crystal City (near 23rd street and rt. 1). I usually hand out ziplock packs of essentials from the dollar store (soap, tooth brush, socks, small food, etc). Or, if they ask for money for food, I just tell them I’m happy to get them food and I point out a few restaurants/grocery stores I would take them to. I haven’t met a panhandler yet to take me up on that when I offer.

    ahum June 12, 2014 - 1:40 pm #108066 Reply

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1205553/Professional-beggars-earning-200-night-supplement-day-job.html

     

     

    In london some beggars earn up to 200 pounds a night.. If you think about it, anything they get from panhandling will never ever get taxed. They can claim it was a gift.

    Razbo Oscar June 12, 2014 - 2:21 pm #108078 Reply

    Do not give money to the black guy at the corner of Fairfax and Lee Hwy who is always holding a combat veteran sign.  This guy was behind me in Starbucks one morning in Fall Church. He also has new Nats/Skins hats on all the time.

    Rick June 12, 2014 - 3:13 pm #108089 Reply

    They do work in shifts at Glebe and Lee. Also seen some of the veteran urban outdoorsmen as far north as Glebe and Old Dominion too.

    ipitythefool June 12, 2014 - 3:29 pm #108091 Reply

    It seems like everybody knows about this scam. Why is it that Arlington Co. police isn’t doing anything to stop it? Or if they are, why isn’t it working?

    Rick June 12, 2014 - 5:08 pm #108110 Reply

    Could be because they want their 50 tickets a month to be for traffic and other actual crimes? Arresting homeless people (which may be the goal for some so they can get regular meals and a roof) seems to be incentive to them and would be a waste of county resources to incarcerate them, prosecute them, and punish them. If you’re holding out money for someone with a nicer hat for you than that’s considered a stupid tax above all else.

    porkchop_milkshake June 12, 2014 - 8:42 pm #108132 Reply

    Why is it that Arlington Co. police isn’t doing anything to stop it?

    Because holding up a sign that says “I’m down on my luck and would like you to give me money” then accepting the money that people offer isn’t actually a crime?

    What, exactly, do you think they could be prosecuted for? Lying isn’t a crime. (And not all of these panhandlers are even lying, anyway.) Accepting money isn’t a crime.

    Walking around an intersection and asking for/accepting money isn’t a crime.

    I’d rather our police not spend their time pursuing things that are not crimes.

    halj June 13, 2014 - 6:56 am #108133 Reply

    Sorry porkchop, but if we don’t crack down on these panhandlers we’re going to be up to our balls in jugglers.  The greater good!

    Aaron June 13, 2014 - 9:11 am #108140 Reply

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    I have one of the most bizarre panhandling stories ever. I was walking back to the clarendon area from Cowboy cafe or whatever it is called, a few years ago, i was drunk, but not stumbling, etc, and a car pulled up next to me and I started getting worried, what the heck the person wanted, and the person DRIVING the car begged me for gas money. I was so astounded, even while drunk, that I gave him $5.

    I’ve seen this scam a few times before.  The most bold was a young punk-ish chick with a couple 20-something friends in the car who claimed they had just played a gig at (insert well-known local music venue here) and had been stiffed by the management on their fee and needed gas money to get back to Baltimore.  My friend gave her $10 but obviously he couldn’t have been the only one that night because she  approached him again with the identical BS sob-story the next weekend too.

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    ahum June 13, 2014 - 9:46 am #108143 Reply

    At the BJs parking lot (boy that sounds bad) some kid on a moped came up to me and said he was from like 60 miles away and needed money for gas to get home. I think those things can get 80 mpg, so I gave him enough money for one gallon. Even if he was full of crap, it takes some guts to beg for money. I don’t think I’d be able to do it.

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