Area Seeing More Panhandlers 2/21/14
February 21st, 2014
Time after time panhandlers refused to talk to us, taking off at the first sight of a camera. One man said he walked from Arizona but feared talking to us would get him in trouble.
With the booming economy, many wonder why there are so many homeless people.
Many like Lawrence, are traveling through the area. Heís headed to the VA Hospital in Pensacola, where they will give him a place to stay while he looks for a job. He says finding a job here isnít in his cards.
"Iím 60 years old, I canít work in the oil field, Iím a little too old for that,Ē he said.
Another man said he would consider a job here, but heís headed to live with a friend in Wisconsin.
ďShe will help me get on my feet, recover emotionally,Ē said Ronald King, a panhandler.
As CBS 7 watched these panhandlers solicit, some gave money while others drove right by.
"Itís hard to tell if they'll use the money the right way," said Dana Gray.
Another resident we talked to said she actually used to be homeless and gives when she can....she feels others should do the same.
"To give a little bit of something. I think it will come to you in a long way,Ē said Patricia Hill.
Texas does have a panhandling law. People canít solicit in a road way.