Panhandler at 5 am

Panhandler at 5 am

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    Panhandler at 5 am

    While driving to work at 5 am I was stopped at a red light at a major intersection with no one else really on the road in a rather shady part of town. All of a sudden a guy approaches my passanger side window and taps on it. I imedietly undo my seatbelt to give me access to my firearm and lock my doors and check traffic so if I have to run the light to flee I can safely. He asks for $ and gives me some story about being robbed. I reply that I don't and quickly leave when the light turns green.

    The guy albeit not smart to be knocking on car windows at 5 am did do some things that I thought were rather smart. He approaced the passanger side, clearly showed both hands and talked loudly enough to be heard with the window rolled up. I'm glad nothing came of it but it was a definate wake up call for me.

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    I'm always riding my wife about keeping her doors locked all the time. I'm still kicking myself in the rear for not noticing that her last car purchase didn't have automatic locking doors...

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    It's winter and Florida is flooded with the homeless and panhandlers this time of year. Due caution is always advisable.
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    Not many people are out selling Girl Scout Cookies at 5 A.M.
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    Re: Panhandler at 5 am

    Although some snikerdoodles before work sound really good lol

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    Probably a good thing you didn't shoot him. ;)

    I was getting gas yesterday when some guy came up babbling something about cleaning my windows. I shooed him away. He didn't seem to be a threat so I let him live. Then some girl came up with the same deal. Turned out it was "customer appreciation day" and the station was doing windows for free like back in the 1960's. LOL

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    Sounds like this was a panhandler familiar with gun laws.
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    I hate people who approach my car. I always feel cornered, even though I'm driving a 2 ton wrecking device. Guess it just freaks me out being in a confined space. Glad it worked out ok. Sto k up on GS cookies while you can. Need to put a few boxes in my bunker.
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    I hate pan handlers. I had a guy approach me one time as I was entering my car and the first words out of his mouth actually were "hey man I'm not trying to rob you..." Then proceeded to say he was just released from prison and homeless, trying to stay away from crime and needing money. With my hand on my weapon I said "its a good thing you didn't try to rob me the first time or you wouldn't even have made it to prison". Then I drove off. Don't approach me at 10 at night with that story.

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    Yeah bums are trouble. I avoid talking to them at all, because you never know what's going to provoke them into a chimpout, and I've heard reports of bums who will try to get you to strike them so they can sue you.

    Years ago a bum punched me in the face as we passed walking down the street. I thought about tackling him, but remembered that street people carry a lot of HIV and hepatitis and you don't want physical contact with them where blood might be spilled, so I restrained myself. Less than a minute later I saw police on foot closing in on him. He had been punching and kicking everyone he passed.

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    Wow you guys are really scared of bums, all bums are not trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExaltedOne View Post
    Wow you guys are really scared of bums, all bums are not trouble.
    Not "scared" at all. However, I don't like anyone approaching me/ trying to get in my face and asking for money. It just so happens that "bums" seem to do that far more than anyone else.

    Excuse me if I err on the side of caution. I know it may hurt the feeling of the bum, and for that let me apologize in advance.
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    Re: Panhandler at 5 am

    Not scared at all. My issue was timing. 5 am is not when most people are panhandling. Middle of the day I would have thought nothing of it and offer to get the guy food or give him a waterbottle. But being the only car at the intersection at 5 am put me on edge a little.

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    I really don't care for panhandlers myself, I have to run them off or call the cops to run them off quite often. I work in a C-Store. But, I was floored by one here recently, nice shiny SUV, lady comes in asking for some gas, told her I couldn't use my debit card during my shift, and I don't carry cash. Her reply was "it's ok, I'll find someone who will, that's my job, I'm a professional beggar and panhandler" Then I realized I've seen her before, in rags knocking on windows at the interstate exit ramp.
    Needless to say, she was not allowed to stay and harass my customers for money.
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    Re: Panhandler at 5 am

    There was a guy locally who used to sit at a busy intersection in a wheel chair. One night, while at the Waffle House, we noticed him completing a shift. He wheeled to the Waffle House parking lot, stood up, folded his wheel chair, and tossed it on the back of a new truck. Then drove off.

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