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Panhandling in Cranston ~ Are they really Homeless?

Panhandling is Legal. But, is it safe or is it an Eye Sore to a Community?

I remarked yesterday on my Facebook page about the nicely dressed smoker man who panhandles at the intersection of Chapel View 4 corners (Socconosset and Route 2).  As I sat at the light and watched several cars give this man that I see on most weekends and sometimes during the day, I was bothered. 

It started 4 months ago when 2 little 9 year old boys were darting in-out at a traffic light at Reservoir and Park with Cans.  They were with their dad who stood safely on the sidewalk.  Coming from Boston, and having this to be a familiar sight in Dorchester, Roxbury etc., I knew it was a scam.  Unlike the Fire Department that annually does this collection in a safe manner...I worried about the children and/or a driver being responsible for causing harm to this $$$ collection.  I posted back then on the Mayor's site and called the Traffic Department at Cranston alerting them to the issue.

Several weeks later I took a phone picture of the Route 37/Pontiac Ave Panhandler that the Police had stopped.  I was pleased to see this.  Some of you will say, how cold hearted.  Look, I do my part in donating food and my children are thrilled about baking some goodies and bringing them to the shelter.  It is common sense if you give $$$, most likely it will fund a habit.

Now to the Panhandlers that I first mentioned, typically a man a woman team and it is really amazing how much they can make in a short time.  What's alarming is they have been seen driving off in a nice car, smoking, drinking Duncan Donuts coffee etc.  Then I think of the true homeless folks that they are taking away from.  Some passengers have said they are aggressive, which goes against the current laws.  Did you know they are able to panhandle, but must adhere to certain guidelines.  I'm sure they are not given a sheet to alert them to "Rules of Panhandling", so how would one know really??

Do you see this as a Danger?  Do you see this as something that might lower your homes value?  Isn't it bad enough that we house the ACI in Cranston and now we have Panhandling.  What do you think the solution is?

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Elana Carello April 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Joe makes a good and reasonable statement. For me, after spending so many years living in NYC, I decided not to judge anyone but to give if I was asked or if I went by someone in need - I considered it 'street tax'. And it seems the Christian and humanitarian thing to do, for me.
Govstench April 08, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Some of these people may be idown on their luck but others I see appear to be "working the corner." You have to wonder if there is a drug connection going - "escape from reality" Providence has cracked down on these activities as it is a blight on the area. People in cars don't want to be harassed for a donation. Get into a rehab program and get back on track. Some will but for others, its either continuing this long road or prison. This recession is making a bumper crop skid row bums. It's up to them to pick themselves up and get on with their lives.
Suzanne Arena April 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU GovStench's name says it all....we need to clean up the House politics. The money NOT being captured and instead given to the ILLEGAL people versus Shelters, Schools, Family Services and programs that are going because we don't know how to run a government here. That's right, I'm not originally from here. Imagine how our Vets feel? Have you talked to one of the street and had a meaningful conversation - I have and they are disgusted. This posting was about airing caution to drivers to be safe and cautious in giving to those that are obviously NOT homeless (smoking, DD coffee and nice clothes people especially). Get a Gift Certificate and give them one to DD's or Walmart so they can buy clothes. Clearly Elana, we are all wanting to be good humantarians, I can't even imagine how I would hold my head up and hand out to collect handouts as a VET or otherwise in a State that clearly doesn't give two cents about us.
Abdulah Farouk April 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
What about the punks on Rolfe Street hanging around and trying to bum cigatettes from passing pedestrians? Why is there a school for juvinile delinquents in the business center of Rolfe Street? Thanks Mayor O'Leary!
Charles May 26, 2013 at 11:53 PM
I would just like to say that not all that panhandle r scams some really do need and appreciate what is given to them. Now here is my issue they say aggressive panhandeling is elegal well standing on the side of the road waving and smiling is not aggressive y was I arested for aggressive panhandling? I don't ask for money just a job and appreciate when I am given a days work although the choose to arrest me and charge me with aggressive panhandleing now I will go to court and 1 get a fine that I can't afford 2 they will give me 30 days in the aci so now u tell me who wins? God bless and have a nice day don't judge all by 1

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