Aug 24, 2015 2:13 AM GMT
It might not be so prevalent in smaller cities but here in mecca Los Angeles, panhandling is either an epidemic or I am just noticing it more and more in my immediate area.
I have a feeling that cheap public transportation, such as the Metro rail lines and stations tend to move people around from neighborhood to neighborhood including the areas homeless populations. We all know the big homeless encampment is downtown LA's 'skid row district'. Metro train lines starts downtown, and go out east, west, south, north of the city.
I am seeing panhandling at every corner, freeway exit/entrances, most 7-11 stores, CVS stores, major grocery chains, outside of banks, in the fast food drive thru lanes.
It would appear once a location is deemed a "hot spot", the spot gets reported back to the homeless shelters and skid row district where these people make their way to the spot via the public transportation system. By "hot spot", I mean people willingly give away their money to panhandlers which creates a frenzy among the homeless.
There is one 7-11 store by me that one homeless person used to hang out in front of and at night go away, local LAPD take their break or do shift change at this store. This store as now become a homeless panhandling mecca during the day, and these people are not shy about approaching you for money. In your face, they even open the store door for you!!!!. The store operators don't seem to mind unless customers start to complain I guess. Having LAPD there at night don't even scare them off anymore!
I hope I never end up like some of these people, homelessness in Los Angeles is a huge problem, downtown LA has been in the midst of a revitalization renaissance where wealthier people are moving into the new residential lofts and housing being built. There are stores going up and Wholefoods markets to attract the young, wealthy. This is forcing the skid row district people out of their encampments and into the city at large, where we find them asking for money all over the city, including the ones that make their way to posh Beverly Hills.
It is difficult enough making ends meet yourself with rising price of EVERYTHING, let alone giving your money away to somebody who's going to buy drugs or alcohol with it. I just don't give them any. I just wish I was extremely wealthy in order to help these people in a productive way, those that really need the help. Its getting really desperate, 2 weeks ago, on my Tuesday Taco night, the drive thru at Del Taco, I was approached in my car by some 'homeless' guy, carrying a skate board, asking me to buy him a taco. He came right up to my window, in my face. The drive thru order clerk heard our conservation which I told the guy to back away from my car. I then reported this to Del Taco store management at the window.
Been in LA 14 years, I have never seen it this bad