I usually don't post threads regarding matters of law, but I have encountered an individual in the area that might need to be looked into by local authorities. In the handful of instances where I have seen him, he has pulled the same routine, or one similar: he will wait in the parking lot near the entrance of local box stores (I've seen him at Wal Mart and Target) at dusk or after dark, and will solicit people exiting the stores for money, he always uses language that is likely to get a sympathetic reaction, such as his mom being in the hospital, or his wife's car running out of gas. After he obtains money from a few people, he will hastily make his way to the other side of the parking lot, where I have personally seen him get into a car, and drive off. Now, had this been a one time deal, I might not think much of it, but I have seen this guy, on no less than five occasions doing the same thing, in the town that I live in, and in a neighboring town. My question is, would it be possible to have the police look into this guy? I understand that everyone falls onto hard times every once in awhile, but I think that he is manipulating people to get their money, so that he can use it for drugs or booze. Any on how to go about having him investigated would be much appreciated.
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Contact the store manager,most places have policies against solicitation without prior authorization.
Just explain that this person has done this more than once and is bothering their customers(you are bothered,right?) and let them handle it.
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I've heard a little about the whole "professional beggar" thing, but wouldn't he be loitering? Or soliciting, or something like that? (Not great with terminology here) Most stores have signs posted prohibiting that. Illegal or not, they could probably throw him off.
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yes what he is doing is illegal and you can call the police but the problem is that unless the department is bored or the store itself calls more than once and tresspasses him not much will happen.
what you do is anywhere you see him go into the store and tell the manager of the store to call the police and have him tresspassed .
2 times in one parking lot and he is going to jail if he is caught.
I had ran into a fella doing the same thing of sourts he claimed he was stuck here on his way back to colorado . After some time i discovered this joker had a kid in the same private school as my children attend . I cornered him at a school function and ask him if he wanted to give me my $5 back or if he would rather I report him to the priest . I got my $5 back and I never saw him begging again . The ironic part is he payed me back in quarters because all he had was 5 $20 bills in his wallet . What a dirt bag .
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Confront him and run him out of your neighborhood. Panhandling is illegal in most places. If trouble starts, who are the cops gonna believe? You, a hard working, stable person or this transient? Tell him to push off!
Midas: Most larger Police Depts. or County Sheriffs have a "Community Relations" designated Officer or even department. Contact the appropriate law enforcement group and ask. Explain the situation and ask them to 'check the guy out'. Sometimes the Chief LEO of an area will go on Talk Radio and be available to be buttonholed about a specific problem. If you have such an opportunity, go for it. Get the guy's license plate number and a good physical description if possible before going to the Police. .......... Big Cholla
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All good advice above. I agree with contacting the store managers. They have a vested interest in seeing that their customers are comfortable shopping in their stores. I have seen this work quite effectively in my community.
But, if that doesn't work...then just bull rush him, B***H slap him, tie him to an ant hill and smear his ears with jam!
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Get the tag number on the car and turn him in. I have seen several "beggar" type people and most of the time they walk over to a vehicle and get in and leave. Some of the vehicles were nicer than what I drive.
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That's social engineering at its best ( No I'm not defending the guy). Basically he knows human nature and what to say to get the reaction he is looking for. To better explain social engineering just read up on anything about Kevin Mitnick. He was/is the master of social engineering.
Go tell the store management that he is outside harassing customers, they will probably tell him to leave the property, or just call the police and tell them that some suspicious guy is out harassing people. If you see him again, you could also try to get his plate number too.
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no big deal...when ya see him call the cops.... see him again...call the cops again...see him again call em again. panhandling is against the law in most states and enuff complaints pile up he will either move on,stop or spend some time in jail. when in doubt-911
They are on almost every street corner here in Las Vegas. Some of them wear suits and ties and hold signs for "charities" others appear to be truely homeless. I have been approached by the same guy in different parts of the valley with him using the same lines. I told him "you used that line on me the other day in the south end of town" and he muttered curse words and walked away. I have also been approached in parking lots where kids and their parents asked for money. Some of them even try and make you feel bad for not giving them any money but I have grown so tired of the begging that it falls on deaf ears most of the time.