Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Muscatine, IA: Man Protests Panhandlers with Streetside Side of his Own

So there's this post that has been going around Facebook recently and it just appeared on KGAN. A man pulled up to two panhandlers in Muscatine, IA, and supposedly offered them work. The guys supposedly turned him down. So this "busy" guy then got up behind the panhandlers with his own sign that reads "Offered these guys a job. They said no. Don't give money."

Now, I have my own issues with panhandling. Bluntly, I don't think it's safe for them or for the rest of us. Especially the roadside panhandlers. Then again, panhandlers don't rob people of their money. It's freely given.

I have a problem with with the guy with the yellow sign. We don't know what kind of job he offered them. We don't know if they have the skills to complete the job that was offered. We don't know if they are physically able to perform the work that he offered. Maybe they can, but some disabilities are invisible. And maybe they just prefer to panhandle.

In other words, it's easy to get mad at the panhandlers. But there's always more to the story. The news outlets have gotten "Uncle Mike's" perspective. Nobody has sought comment from the two panhandlers.

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