Sunday, July 30, 2017

Panhandling is an Addiction

If you study panhandling like I have done over the last year, one occurring theme seems to continue to pop up, they continue to do it. But why? The question has been in the foremost of my mind while I've been educating friends and our community, taking the next steps in our blessing bag program and paving the way for communities to help fight against panhandling within their own communities.

It's a Cycle

The main reason why people panhandle, it's free money. Sadly people have an attitude that doesn't question why one may be standing on the corner of the road and they give money.

What they are really doing is enabling the person to stand there more-so, rewarding them for standing there no matter what the circumstance that put them there in the first place.

Instead of getting the help that they need through local organizations that are designed to help them get back into society, many offer reasons why they can't get the help or they refuse to follow the conditions set forth by the organizations to begin with, thus physiologically justifying standing on a corner.

Now I've talked about how much a panhandler can typically make and I myself went out on the streets of Roanoke earlier this year in order to see how much money I could make myself pretending to be a panhandler.  The reality of the situation is that if you know how to panhandle on a professional level, you can actually make a lot of money and scam a lot of citizens at the same time.

The Physiology Behind Aggressive Panhandlers

Most aggressive panhandlers believe they are entitled to ask for a handout. Yes, a handout. They would rather stand there and collect money rather than work, as work is beneath them. Many feel entitled that society should pay for their woes in life rather than get over them.

Many do have mental health issues and many are narcissistic and believe they were put there for members of the community to take pity on them and give them a handout.

It's much like a child pouting because they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and they're using the emotions to convene the next door kid to give them a cookie instead.

Sadly, they are playing with your emotions and winning.

The two main ways that people open their wallet is through the heart or through cost savings. Since panhandlers don't offer a service or product, they use the heart to try and pry open your wallets and purses.

The most effective way is through a sign. Using the words 'homeless' and 'God Bless' tend to invoke emotional responses that most can relate too. Combined with worn out clothing, sometimes a pet in tow and a look as if you haven't showered in a few days makes for a convincing story as you passby.


Even After Jail Time

Even after serving jail time, sadly aggressive panhandlers will continue to be out in the mist of the median or curb asking for your money. Many will never stop as long people continue to hand them cash. If there is money flow, panhandlers will be there.

The people that are truly in need of help will never seek panhandling as a first resort, they will usually tend t the more normal routes, such as unemployment, seeking other means of work, working with their landlord or mortgage people on loans, loan deferment, and so forth.

Most people that panhandle KNOW they are get away with it and sadly they CHOOSE to panhandle most of the time. Now thats not to say that some that panhandle are bad or not in need, some are in real need of help and they've through the ringer to get to the point where they have nothing left but to panhandle.

Its the aggressive ones often lie about why they are out in the first place, thus giving most a bad name.

So What Can I Do to Help?

The best thing you can do is simple.

Stop giving money. If the flow of cash dries up, panhandling as you know it WILL stop. 

 The main reason people panhandle is for the money in your pocket. Now, they could use it for a number of different things both good or bad and honestly, you find a mixture of both. It's really hard to tell these days WHO is in need and who is not.

Other things that you CAN do in order to help combat panhandling include educating your friends, family and neighbors. If Our community wants to stop the problem, stop enabling them by giving them cash.

We have several programs right here in the Roanoke Valley that actually work with those that are truly homeless, truly needy and those that are seeking assistance. There shouldn't be any reason why someone is standing on the corner begging for money.

Help show the community that we care by making a difference. We ask that you volunteer in our Blessing bag program and make a donation to the cause. You can learn more at the blessing bag program website. 


 






Monday, July 3, 2017

Panhandling Secrets They DONT Want You to Know

Look for these Panhandling Secrets so YOU Don't Get Scammed

A few years ago there was a man right herein the Roanoke Valley that would panhandle over in the Tanglewood mall area, at the off ramp intersection of 220 and Franklin Road. Even today, its a pretty popular spot among those trying to get some free money.

The man in question kept getting around pretty well, so much in fact that some citizens noticed he would get into his new BMW and drive away. That man, who has sense them moved out of the area, was making over $60,000 a year ALL tax free.

Richard, as he was known to many in the area, played a great image of being a panhandler. Today, many of the "professionals" out there have created some well know tips in order to help maximize their appearance and demeanor as well as pull at your emotions to WANT to give money. He was finally arrested over near the Tanglewood KFC and sentenced because of some other crimes that he had been doing.

Today, I'd like to share a few of these tips so you will be able to help better spot a fake person in need verse someone that really does need the help in the first place.

Look the Part



Looks are one of the most important aspects of panhandling. You make thousands of instant impressions and you need to be aware of the fine line between looking needy and looking scary. Certainly, being clean and looking happy does not help people justify to themselves to give you money.

But swinging too far to the disheveled and miserable appearance can be unapproachable for many. One of the biggest turn-offs for would-be donors is if you appear to be on drugs, so avoid manic looks. Find the happy medium where you look needy but not desperate.

Many panhandlers remove their shoes, wear baggy clothing, and do not shave or trim their hair.

Have a Unique Message


You may be thinking, how can a panhandler read these tips to be more successful if they are out begging on the street? You may be surprised at how many have smart phones. There is even one panhandler known for taking credit cards with his smart phone!

But these tips are not for them- they are living that life already. These tips are for you, and you may need these tips in a personal financial crisis or during a widespread financial collapse. This is where a unique and cohesive message is important. If millions of beggars are taking to the street to fight over the same scraps and change, what will set you apart?

You need to hone a unique message to beat the competition. Entertaining signs, patriotic flags, and other methods of presenting a unique message are all fair game. Being very relevant to a niche is more important in these cases than being relevant to all. In areas where multiple panhandlers are competing, the stronger messages and presentation win out.

Know the Area Laws




Smart professional panhandlers will know and understand the laws so they can work around them. Not all areas of the United States are the same and it's up to the local government to make and enforce these laws if there are any.


However, in 2016 in a federal case against the city of Charlottesville and a well known panhandler there,  it was ruled that panhandling is a part of being freedom of speech, allowing many of them to freely stand on any given corner and "Fly Their Sign" as panhandlers often call it.


Many cities are coming up with new laws to work around the freedom of speech, such as not standing in the median of a street or fining those drivers that donate cash to a panhandler.

The Ultimate Rule, Giving People What THEY Want


Whether you’ve heard this sung by the O’Jays in the 70s or the Kinks in the 80s, it is sound business advice. 

People give money to beggars and panhandlers to fulfill a need of their own. 

Religion, moral obligation, and personal connection are all major factors to why people feel compelled to give to those in need. Having your message and appearance revolve around your audience is important. Religious signs are very successful in certain regions and veteran signs are successful in others. 

Remember, that a panhandler, is not getting money for free. 

They are providing an experience to the people giving, and a fulfillment to one of their needs that may be as simple as doing a good deed for the day. Sadly, this is an emotional play in order to live a nice, tax free lifestyle for many. 

As long as people are not educated about the reality of people panhandling and how little of them are homeless or in need, people will continue to give. 

The real problem is that these scammers get in the way of those that are truly in need and wanting to seek help. What is really happening is that there are wolves in sheep clothing, people that prey on your emotions in order to live, putting cash in their hands and leaving the ones that are in need, still in need.






Friday, June 30, 2017

Types of Panhandlers

Types of Panhandlers

Now that our group has reached nearly 2,800 members and our Blessing Bag Program is becoming a reality, funded by you the members of our group, I wanted to switch gears a bit and talk about the various types of panhandlers that you may come across.

Believe it or not, there are a few different types and today I'd like to share them with you.

Traditional Panhandler

This is a person who it truly down on their luck and they have turned to panhandling as a way of being able to support themselves, temporarily.

Usually, a traditional panhandler is a local person that has lost their job, sometimes they are simply looking for a habit fix and they need money to purchase or they truly need assistance.

Unlike the other types of panhandlers, these people will panhandle for a month or two at most before stepping back into society. Sadly however, these are also the rarest type of person on the streets asking for money.

Aggressive Panhandler

An aggressive panhandler is someone whom is seeking your cash but they do it in a way that is literally aggressive. Use of things like children, empty gas cans, animals such as a dog, walking up to your vehicle while stopped, trying to strike up conversations and the like, these panhandlers usually have done this more long term and you will usually see them at a given location for an hour maybe two, them you will see them again at a new location shortly there after.

An aggressive panhandler will usually travel within a city at 3-5 places at any given day.

These are also the most dangerous as they tend to be verbal and they tend to attract more attention to themselves than the other types of panhandlers.

Road Traveler

A road traveler is a panhandler that wants to live a minimal lifestyle while traveling the country. Usually, these are usually educated people or those that tend to have a more open lifestyle than most, they will travel for 6 months or longer, just living one day at a time. 

These types of panhandles will live off of the money you give them, buying food or other needed items while making their way from on area of the United States to another. They rarely do drugs or alcohol and often have a pet with them. 

Road travelers do come through Roanoke usually for a day or two at most, then continue on their way. They are much like a hitchhiker, but they have no true destination until they are ready to return to society. 

Scammer or Skimmer

Mostly called "skimmers", they typically "fly their sign" and are full time regulars. You see them day in, day out, month after month, year after year. 

They scam people into believing they are homeless or in need, but rather they live in a permanent residence, often times living a lifestyle equal to or better than middle class. Some have drug or alcohol habits. 

Some drive new cars, appear to be handicapped but aren't, have smart phones, cable TV, they often times will get government assistance and they have fairly large bank accounts as they can make large sums of tax free cash on any given day.

They trick you into believing they are in need but they actually are not. They tend to be street smart and somewhat educated formally but they also carry an ego, a sense of entitlement for being out there taking peoples cash, almost narcissistic in nature.

Sometimes they can be aggressive but mostly they are just full time professional panhandlers that know how to get money from coming drivers. 





Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Why you SHOULD care about Panhandlers

Why you SHOULD care about Panhandlers

I get it, peoples point of view I mean and I hear it alot. Many people I've spoken too about panhandling over the last couple of years usually fall into one of two categories, the supporters and the ones that oppose panhandling.

While many people say things like "Just ignore them" or "they aren't hurting you, leave them alone", it's usually those people that have not really thought much about the issue at hand and how it actually effects them just as much as the next person.

Today, I want to share some insights with you that may open your mind and make you think about the issue a bit further.


You just Hate the Homeless

Okay look, again homelessness and panhandling rarely coincide with each other. Just because you are homeless doesn't mean you panhandle or vise versa so please get your facts straight before you start ranting and raving on social media.

The Blue Ridge Continuum of Care is a report from the Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness that has taken a snapshot in time if you will about our homeless population. That report shows that less than 2% of the regions homeless population panhandles, yes less than 2%. 



SO when you speak about someone being a homeless hater I want you to realize that you're speaking out of context. MOST people lump homelessness and panhandlers into a group, poverty.

TRUST me when I say that a lot of known panhandlers right here in our area make some serious bank, check out this recent article I wrote about how much you can make being a panhandler or check out my own personal findings when I panhandled for just a few hours and made over $100!

Just Ignore Them 

Sure, you could just ignore them, but they are human beings like you and I.

If you're ignoring a panhandler, how are you helping the situation?

Ignoring panhandlers simply tells the community that you don't really care who's on the corner and you don't care about the community. Well you should and here's why.

If you are a tax paying citizen, you are paying the police that nudge them along, you are paying the cleaning crews to pick up the trash, needles and beer bottles they often leave behind at a given median, you're also paying into the courts, jails, law enforcement officers that write tickets, put them in jail, the people doing all the paperwork, etc. And for the ones that stay in jail, your tax bucks are paying for that too.

A LOT of people simply do not know any better by giving cash, in their mind they are believing they are helping that person. In reality however, when you give cash, you are just enabling them to stand more, which in turn shows others they can too and the cycle begins.

Leave them Alone

You could leave them alone, but how is that helping them get off the streets and how is that cleaning up our beautiful city?

Many panhandlers have mental issues, yes. We also have a slue of free resources right here in the Roanoke Valley that can help the ones that WANT to get off the streets and back into society. The ones that WANT to panhandle, want an easy tax free way out of life on your dime.

We also have many panhandlers that take the free money and live off of it. Drugs, booze, paying for cars, rents, food and living a lifestyle that sometimes is equal too or better than you or I.

As long as people give money to panhandlers, they will continue to be out asking for cash. 
Roanoke was NEVER an hotbed with panhandlers until recently. DO YOU REALLY WANT THIS TO BECOME THE NORMAL FOR OUR SMALL CITY? 

They're not Hurting Anyone

Well actually they are to a point. When you look for a place to live, do you want to be near a known panhandler hot spot?

Trying to get to Nashville, got the last 3 months, same spot.
Would the value of your home go up if there are people standing on the street corners there all the time?

If you own a home and support panhandlers, then I would encourage you to allow them to stand in your property to ask for money.

I'm pretty sure you would feel uncomfortable about them standing in your yard asking for cash.

Well, what about those that walk in parking lots asking for cash? Are you going to give the same people cash each time you shop at Kroger, Walmart or the like?

And what about safety? Did you know that many of them carry knifes or weapons?

We recently had a well known panhandler (Cheryl, who admitted on social media she carries a large knife) in our area attack a citizen just because he was there filming her. Sure, she might have been mad at that, but it's our right to record on a public street corner anything that is in public view. It's the same with her being out there on that corner, you didn't see someone attack her over standing there.

My point is that Roanoke was once a beautiful and lovely city to be proud of, today many businesses have complained about panhandlers and how if effects business (lack thereof), people complain about them coming up to you in parking lots, being aggressive on street corners and even how it effects tourism.

Well, the Bible Says...

Listen, I'm  Christian. The bible says LOT's of things both about how you shouldn't judge people sure, BUT it also says a LOT about how you shouldn't just be silent when you see a thief or liar either. You can find a lot of verses about fraud here.

What you see as judging, I see as simply alerting others in our community about the true nature of the person panhandling. This is NOT a religious issue, but rather an issue of the community and it's morality.

And for those that state they don't know their situation when it come to panhandling, well don't be so sure. I work with a lot of organizations here that can pretty much tell us everything about the person, from them being on disability, where they live, how long they've been panhandling, if they are a drug or alcoholic abuser and so forth.

While its one thing to call them out, it's another to point blank state they are a bad horrible person, something we don't do or encourage within the group. There are situations on social media when people do go overboard with a panhandler sure, but those people are not part of this group.

If you need clarification, read the description on our Facebook Group.

You're Just a Hater...

Well, simply put yes and no at the same time. It's not the people that we hate, its what they do and the scams and lies behind them.

Yes, you should hate that we have a lot of aggressive panhandlers and yes you should hate that most of them live nicely off tax free money.

After all, I work, most of you work and you don't see us standing on corners doing the same. It makes Roanoke look bad, it's our community, shouldn't you care about your neighbors?

If you state you're homeless but you're really not, which is most likely the case, then you are scamming (lying to) people emotionally for cash. Tips on how to tell a real panhandler from someone who does it full time.

So, yes we hate panhandlers on that extent.

And no, we don't hate them either. They are people just like you and I. We're NOT haters of homeless people, we hate those that abuse panhandling to make a career out of it.

Finally, if you still feel like you don't really care about panhandlers and giving them cash, donate to our Blessing Bag Program instead. If you're handing out cash to everyone on the street corners, give it to our program instead. At least you will know that it wont go to booze or drugs.

Blessing Bags are a local program that helps give items to homeless or needy within our area each month.

IF we were haters then why do we run a program to HELP the homeless and needy in our area?





Monday, June 26, 2017

Blessing Bag Program in Need

Hi friends!

Many that follow the blog here know about our Blessing Bag program that I started in August of 2016 here in Roanoke.

We recently started a Go Fund Me campaign to attempt to have citizens provide funding for this great mini-program rather than paying it out of my own pocket.

The program is designed to help those on street corners of Roanoke city and Roanoke county, people that otherwise need a small gesture of help each month.


Well, the program has only raised $205, roughly 18% of the month needed to keep it going for the next 12 months which covered May and June 2017.

July 2017 is going to be a short month unless we can get others in the community to help donate even just a few dollars.

I'm asking that you please help make a donation or visit the website with your computer or tablet and click on an advertisement in order to help put a few cents in our pockets to pay for the program. (Or at least share the link with everyone so others can help)

To date, since Feb 2017 when we started the website, we have raised $111.97 in addition to the GFM page.

One of my good friends Steve has donated a nice Silver American coin that he would like to give away. The coin has a value of approximately $65-70 and he is going to pick a donor at random to win the coin once the program has been fully funded.

This is a wonderful way to help the homeless and the truly needy without giving to those that are on the street corners. Placing a few dollars with the program ensures that items will be given to homeless and needy right here in Roanoke.


You can visit the Go Fund Me Blessing Bag Program to make a donation or you can reach out to the admins on our Stop the Panhandling Facebook group and ask how you can help participate in donating items or time for the cause.


Blessing Bag Program in Roanoke


  • Started August 2016
  • Was funded personally by me each month until May 2017. 
  • Average cost each month is about $100
  • We started a GFM page to help try and pay for it over the next 12 months
  • Hoping to get the community to be involved by helping homeless or those that need the help

Ways to Help!


  • Make a donation to the group
  • Volunteer your time in handing out bags
  • Donate small items to the program
  • Share on social media
  • Click on an advertisement on our website, that also helps put cash into the program!!









Friday, June 23, 2017

I Pandhandled in Roanoke and Made This Much Money...

Real World Panhandling - Social Experiment 

I took to the streets myself to see how panhandling is done, how people reacted to panhandlers begging for cash and how much money I would make in three different locations on a Sunday afternoon in late April.

So, with the help of some friends, I dressed up in some normal looking clothes that I haven't worn in a while, made a very simple sign that stated "Please Help, God Bless!" and picked three locations, one in Downtown Roanoke, one at the corner of Peter's Creek and 460 and the other at the popular stop sign at Valley View Mall.

I went to each area for an hours time just to see if  I would make anything.

Downtown Roanoke 

Standing over next to the entrance of the market building, I walked over, sat down on the sidewalk and held my sign in my lap. It was a bit chilly but I had a sweatshirt that kept me pretty warm for the most part.

For the first several minutes people walked by and mostly ignored me. After about 10 minutes or so, I started to occasionally, say to pedestrians, "God Bless if you can Help". I had someone give me $3 after I said that. Then about two minutes later, someone gave me $5. Another $1 and some change. A nice couple bought me a slice of Benny's pizza (pepperoni, yum!).  Several people gave me cash during the hour I was there. After an hour, I took my sign, put it in my bag and walked away.

That hour in Downtown Roanoke I made $37.25 and a piece of giant pizza and a soda.

Peters Creek / 460

This location was a bit intimating because I had never stood in a median before, let along a roadside, but I went out and stood in the middle of the corner where the TitleMax is. Again, I took out my sign and this time I just stood there.

At first nothing. Car after car would go by me and most people wouldn't look at me or they would stop in the left turn lane and pull up just past me. I did have an elderly lady give me $10 and an invite to her church which was really sweet of her. I had a minivan give me $5 in ones and I had a guy in a truck give me $7.  I wish I could have counted the amount of cars that went by me each time the light turned green, but at just about every green light there were at least 5-8 cars rolling through and I'd say that was every 3-4 minutes during my time, honestly I was just too nervous going out there to begin with.

That hour I made $22.65 panhandling.

Airport / Hershberger Exit Ramp 

When I arrived at this spot, there was already someone standing there, so I had to wait basically. The guy with the walker was standing there and people were giving him cash left and right. I parked over at the airport and was able to hang out mostly in the parking lot until he was done. When he did leave I walked right up there and held up my sign.

Most cares and trucks ignored me, while some did give in passing. With the constant influx of cars I made a lot of money during the hour or so that I stood there, bringing in $41.75.

While I was standing in the location however, there were others waiting for me to move so they could take my place. One woman with a book-bag and sweats was standing along the road near the Kroger just watching me and waiting for me to move. As soon as I started walking, she was on the case to get my spot and yup, just like that, she put her bag down and put up her own sign.

The Sad Truth About People Scamming You

You know, it's one thing to really be homeless and down on your luck; it's another to pretend to be homeless to take advantage of everyday citizens like you and me.

Many of us are already on fixed incomes and have a hard enough time keeping with our own lives let alone trying to help others. I get it, some people really do need help and to those I would gladly offer help.

But to those that you see day after day, week after week, into the years of doing the SAME thing and acting as if they are homeless in order to pay for drugs, alcohol or simply a tax free income to live off of, scamming Roanoke in order to benefit themselves will simply not be tolerated.

The truth of the matter is simple.

If you give money to someone on the streets, you are NOT fixing the problem. You are simply encouraging them to stand more and ask for MORE money.

If Roanoke wants to curb the panhandling within our community we need to do the following:


  • Stop giving cash to panhandlers.
  • Educate your friends and neighbors about those that scam and simply want your money for their lifestyle.
  • Send letters to your local leaders here in the Roanoke Valley
  • Use the hashtag #StopRoanokePanhandling in your social media posts


Panhandling is Easy Money; ALL Tax Free

Regardless if you are really in need or not (like the well known woman with her puppy that so many have talked about for years), panhandling is an easy way to make money.

In the three hours that I stood out I made a total of $101.65 or $33.88 per hour!


$101.65 in 3 hours


That's BETTER than MOST people make on average hourly. Annually if you compare that with a person that works full time AND pays taxes that's $65,049.60 or someone that makes an estimated $86,400 before taxes! The numbers you see today can vary vastly on many factors but during this experiment I wanted to see how much one could make.


Now, many panhandlers are not actually homeless, according to a recent article we did, only 2 of the nearly 150 people at the local Rescue Mission admitted to actually panhandling. Many of the panhandlers that do this on a regular basis do it for a habit like drugs or alcohol as shown on several of the Facebook Groups, some do it to pay for a lifestyle they try to hide and often times have a bank account that would make you drool over. Many have mental issues and most have some form of government assistance such as SSI that taxpayers feed into.

Now this is just an estimate of what you COULD bring if in you're really aggressive. Most will make less than this amount I'm sure, but even half of that per day can still bring in a couple of thousand all tax free each month.

Why Does This Matter Anyway? 

To many people, they could care less if someone is standing on a corner begging for money. Well, there are a couple of issues to be contested.

First, its OUR community. Roanoke has always been a small, friendly city where you can raise a family or retire too. In the recent months the city has seen a HUGE uptick in panhandlers. While it not be concerning to you, it is when it comes to having a clean city for tourism, shoppers and commerce and even tied up our police and judicial system for those that are constantly being ticketed and going to court.

According to the Roanoke County Budget office, they have for the 2017-2018 fiscal year an operating budget of $737,238. Broken down to an hourly rate, it cost taxpayers an estimated $383.97 per hour to operate. That cost doesn't include officers, attorney's and other related offices to the court system. Each time a panhandler get a ticket from an officer it takes up their time, not just the courts too. We estimate that a panhandler getting in trouble with law enforcement can cost anywhere from $450-$650 per occurrence depending on factors such as location and involvement of other public departments. My point is that it costs YOU the TAXPAYER, so it should matter.

Second, its morality. Many people will carry a sign stating they are homeless when indeed they are not. Lying in order to get money from those that might be on a limited budget themselves is simply immoral. If you think otherwise, then I suggest that you invite those people to your street and let them stand where you live to panhandle.

Many people are simply duped into believing they are making a difference. Just look at what I was able to accomplish on one Sunday afternoon.

Are ALL panhandlers bad people?

No.

Do people pretend to be homeless or down on their luck to take your money?

Yes, you bet they do!

What did you do with the money you made?

100% of what I made that day went to our Blessing Bag Program

How can I help with that Program? 

We have a Go Fund Me Page that allows people to donate should they want to help the community or you can click on a banner ad here on the website, that helps put a few pennies in our Blessing Bag fund!




 



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Roanoke Panhandler Assaults a Citizen on Film



Here is the video (might require flash player to view) that everyone is talking about. June 4th, 2017, a citizen was filming known Roanoke panhandler Cheryl Dunlap when she confronted him by crossing the street, taking what appeared to be a professional camera lens, throwing it away, then proceeds to spray him with something (we believe it looks more like a paint spray can or something to that effect)

The filmer, Roger M., then proceeded to push her away after she came towards him again while he said to stop, as you can hear on the video. She pulled out her smart phone, ear pieces and lit a cigarette while police arrived on the scene.

Panhandling has become a major issue since the summer of 2016, Roanoke has seen a 315% increase in people panhandling since federal court deemed panhandling under the blanket "freedom of speech" in a court case in Charlottesville, VA.

This is not the first time this known panhandler /scammer has been in trouble with the law. Just in Roanoke alone, she has had more than 60+ court records not including the ones in Christiansburg, Roanoke City and Bristol.

You can also find the direct link on the Roanoke Checkpoints Facebook page, which is not affiliated with our page in any way.

All information about this post was pulled from social media, video and two of the three images below came from the Roanoke CheckPoints Facebook page.

You can often find her throughout Roanoke City and Roanoke County just about everyday. Many people post on her whereabouts on social media groups almost each day. She has brought a large amount of attention to herself recently with the use of a pure bred dachshund puppy she's been carrying with her recently.

She was out at the same location the morning of June 5th 2017 with her puppy as seen in the video below from someone posting it online. We recently wrote about the debate on using animals with panhandling as the same person was using her puppy just a week ago.

HAS ROANOKE COME TO THIS WHERE PANHANDLERS ARE ATTACKING CITIZENS?? 

ALSO: SEE UPDATE BELOW...



UPDATE: The citizen Roger who was attacked just filled charges and stated it online. Images from 5-5-2017 3pm.

Screenshot from the Roanoke Checkpoint Facebook Page

Screenshot from the Roanoke Checkpoint Page, courtesy Steven Jones of Roanoke.


PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE HERE IN ROANOKE AND BEYOND!

Image from member of Roanoke Panhandler Epidemic

Police arrive at scene. Image from member at Roanoke CheckPoint Facebook Page

Police arrive at scene. Image from member at Roanoke CheckPoint Facebook Page

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