The man was panhandling/begging/soliciting money. In most communities there are ordinances against this. We have had people do this on occasion in our neighborhood and we always call the police who respond eventually and if the guy is still around they take him for a ride.
In Florida, when they cross your property line( front lawn/driveway) they can be charged with trespassing if they refuse to leave when asked. If they get surly with you there is always stand-your-ground. We as citizens don't have many rights anymore, but as long as I pay my taxes, my house is mine and my word in it is law!
They used to allow panhandling on street corners in my city. The place got over run with dead-beat types asking for handouts. They began to get pretty aggressive and made my wife extremely nervous to the point she avoided certain intersections. Most of them were homeless and started tent cities on city property and in parks where they used any convenient area to relieve themselves. The city finally got tired of all the complaints and made it illegal and began arresting those who still tried it. Practically over night they fled like locusts to another city that had no such ordinance.
Maybe the result of city cutbacks.....
Originally Posted by marcclarke
Originally Posted by bigdogtx
And the solution is the same. Elect a new Police Chief.
Or the phone for any length of conversation. Adric, y'all sound like good people. But this isn't an economic environment for face-to-face random acts of kindness. Here in LA, I'm always learning. I'm a nice guy but have no remorse or hesitation to treat strangers like I'm retsupt99. :ticking:
Originally Posted by fastk9dad
But I may have remorse when I don't.
Adric, we're having just that scam in my area of FtW, Wedgwood.
ALso, the non-emergency number is initially a recording with options, a call-taker comes on the line after the options are done.
I think the last time I dialed the non-emergency number I just got the same 911 dispatcher. Hopefully it at least marks the call as non-emergency and puts me on hold if there are other calls.
This would have been a good time to discreetly snap a cell phone photo of the guy for future use.
He wanted you to finance his next fix! Either dope or booze!
I kind of disagree, Dad should know better than to
Originally Posted by gasmitty
1: open the door to strangers.
2: leave safety of home to walk away with stranger.
3: consider actually getting into car with stranger, whether son is with him or not.
What would Dad have done if the son was not home, decided to "take a chance" and drive the guy anyways?