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Old 06-11-2011, 12:50 AM   #31
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olive @ davis... "Being a homeless cracker is hard" i laughed so hard!!! But he didnt get my money lol
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:56 AM   #32
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I could careless about the beggers, they never get my money, what breaks my heart is when they have a dog tied to the sign post next to them. Really, if you're not capable of taking care of yourself, you're gonna care for a pet. I understand the companionship, I have four dogs and they are all amazing, but I also work full time and get them their shots, give em flea meds, fed them everyday. That's just my 2 cents
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:58 AM   #33
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You know, reading this thread I was surprised - I figured there would be a lot more blind empathy towards these individuals. I'm glad that a lot of realism has been injected into this topic, because 99% of what I'm reading here is right. It's not just Pensacola, either. Over here in PC, my old man and I started encountering a few individuals at our marina where we put in to fish. What is worrisome is that they basically try to force "help" on you launching your boat. Eventually dad and I had to just wait and tell them 'we aren't moving until you do.' And, it really sucks because, as a bunch of people have said, there ARE individuals out there worth helping - but these guys being reported here aren't them.
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:07 AM   #34
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I have a friend who has got a heart of pure gold. She is a Christian woman in the purest sense. She insists it is not our job to judge them, and any help that is given you pray they will use appropriately. She does not have a lot of money, but will give out a $20 bill to someone asking without thinking twice. She parks her car on the side of the road in the winter and will walk straight into the transient camps to give them blankets. She is an attractive middle aged female, and my common sense would say not to go there because she could get assaulted, but every time she has done it, she says a prayer for God to take care of her. You wouldn't believe it, but every time as she finishes her prayer a deputy sheriff shows up and escorts her into the woods so she can deliver the blankets safely. Although most of these people are not willing to help themselves, maybe we shouldn't judge them. Maybe we should just pray that God will take care of them however He sees fit.
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I have a friend who has got a heart of pure gold. She is a Christian woman in the purest sense. She insists it is not our job to judge them, and any help that is given you pray they will use appropriately. She does not have a lot of money, but will give out a $20 bill to someone asking without thinking twice. She parks her car on the side of the road in the winter and will walk straight into the transient camps to give them blankets. She is an attractive middle aged female, and my common sense would say not to go there because she could get assaulted, but every time she has done it, she says a prayer for God to take care of her. You wouldn't believe it, but every time as she finishes her prayer a deputy sheriff shows up and escorts her into the woods so she can deliver the blankets safely. Although most of these people are not willing to help themselves, maybe we shouldn't judge them. Maybe we should just pray that God will take care of them however He sees fit.
Deputies in this county don't do it...I've been one 16 years and we don't run those kind of calls.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #36
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Rest assured that all the panhandlers you see do work for a living. They are professional panhandlers. They teach each other, respect each others turf, have social circles and know how to survive independently ourside the system we live in. They have and have always had the choice to live differently. They like what they do. They have fun with it and laugh it up about it. They see us regulars as crazy people zooming around in our cars caught up in a hasty lifestyle that gives us a lot of emotional guilt that some of us definitely have and the panhandlers don't have and consequently will get free money and all the booze they can drink because of it. The professional panhandlers like their lifestyle and most of them would not trade it.

Their are at least 30 mission/ministries in Pensacola that have tons of literature and programs to bring these people back into sobriety and society. Many of the panhandlers are known by name in these programs and only check in on rotation when it gets a little tough, too cold, rainy or windy. They are allowed to check in and get around in the system. There are very few that get in the program, stay and make it through, back to the way we see ourselves as productive members of a society. Not all these type people are drunkards, some are just lost or have just plain lost it emotionally, quit and ran from everything they used to know as family, friends, career, etc. I am involved as a supporter to a program in Brownsville where one of the members on this forum owns the property. These guys are all cramped into 3 houses up on T st. and have no air conditioning. I appealed to anyone on here that might have an old window ac that works to bring it on by. Their thrift store is on Cervantes one block west of W, large building south side of the street. They take donations.

Story of one individual in the program. He was a marine. His wife was a marine. They met active duty. Eventually got married. Were making a life for themselves. She got pregnant and they were going to have a child. Baby is born. Beautiful little girl. 2 weeks later she is have trouble breathing. One afternoon tells her husband she is really having trouble breathing. He gets on the phone, calls 911, while cradling his wifes head on his lap. Yelling in the phone to get the ambulance there quick. She looked into his eyes, told him she loved him and their little girl and that she wasn't going to make it. She died in his arms. He was so tore up and mad at the world after that, he apparently attempted suicide. He was honorably discharged and someone helped him to pick up the pieces and got him into these folks program. Hes been in there for a while. Sober, no alchy, drugs, nothing. Very peaceful guy. Sure of himself to make completion and get back into society. Intends to move back to Chicago and see if he can get a grocery store managers job when he gets out.

All these transients have a story, if you can get them to tell it and get them back into being productive as citizens, working for a living. Handing them money only perpetuates there addiction to the out of balance lifestyle they are in. Many of them will die because of it. They are found dead lying around all the time. We are not told how many, unless L&N had to stop on the tracks and someone picks one up and hauls them away and the channel 3 news makes a report. If everyone took away these guys easy choice, they would have to make a new choice and maybe go through one of the 30 programs available to them in Pensacola.

You can talk to Billy anytime at the thrift store, he runs the coffee shop in there. Big guy with a pleasant demeanor.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:48 PM   #37
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Rest assured that all the panhandlers you see do work for a living. They are professional panhandlers. ......
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Bonsai, you said it exactly! Support the people/organizations that can help them. Giving them money perpetuates the problem.
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Deputies in this county don't do it...I've been one 16 years and we don't run those kind of calls.
I work for the sheriff's office as well. I am not saying they respond to calls for service of that nature. What I said is that God is looking out for my friend because a deputy happens to stop by to see what she is doing and makes sure she can deliver the blankets safely. No I do not condone their lifestyle, but I am not going to condemn someone for trying to help them. I'm not sure what district or rotation you work, but the deputies on my rotation are very kind and are happy to assist.
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I didnt say I wont help people but, I dont believe deputies do this regularly, or have ever done it more than once....either way believe what you want to. Dont work a district or rotation..sorry folks back to the discussion
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Wow, never thought this original post would make it this far but evidently it bothers most as it did me when I was told of this bums exploits to suck hard earned money from you and your family.
Just a quick update on the originally reported 7am beer-swilling limpster. He has now incorporated a haggled bent stick to assist in his limping repertoire......
Keep giving and maybe next he will find an animal to chain to his post in the heat of the day for more heart tugging sympathy.
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