A panhandler in Florida’s Manatee County reportedly attacked a man who offered him a job.
In yet another documented case of the Sunshine State’s dangerous relationship with begging vagrants, Ryan Bray, a family business partner and remodeler, attempted to give a transient man a $15 an hour job doing yard work in hopes that he could offer the man more than just a short-term hand out.
The panhandler, however, refused to take the job, instead wanting instant gratification.
“He reached his arms inside my vehicle, resting them and said hey do you have any money?” Bray said. “I said ‘No, but I have one better for you.’ He said ‘absolutely not.’ Started getting belligerent and cursing.”
Bray’s Jeep was kicked by the panhandler, who told him to leave.
According to Fox35, Bray has since taken a stance against panhandlers, and was confronted by the vagrant while he held up a sign urging people to stop giving cash to panhandlers.
“I offered him $15.00 an hour to do yard work for me and he refused. If we as a community stop paying them, they will leave our neighborhood,” the sign read.
The violent vagrant refused to identify himself, but insists that he’s committing no crime.
“You can’t shut me down brother,” the drifter told Bray.
Panhandling is a lucrative business for many in Florida, particularly in more urbanized areas that see a lot of tourist traddic. According to Turning Points Executive Director Adell Erozer, it’s often hard to tell who is in need of help and who simply knows how to hustle.
“It’s hard to tell the difference between someone who is really homeless and somebody who is out there just panhandling,” she said, urging people to give to organizations that specifically target homelessness.
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