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    Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    i'm driving down 30 and for the past 2 days i seen 4 people trying to hitch hike (never the same person) and on a couple of exits i seen panhandlers with signs saying they're homeless/there car brokedown/ they lost there job/etc. i thought it was illegal in iowa to pick up hitchhikers and i've never seen so many panhandlers at once here before, what gives?



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    Maybe they've all gotten frustrated with the increased competition in their hometown?

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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    I've noticed a lot more hitchers lately. Must be the economy.



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    Times are tough. Weather is warm. Great time to hitchhike across country.



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    Its the weather... I have noticed it as well!

    It is crazy to think that people actually pick these people us????!!!!!



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc936 View Post
    i'm driving down 30 and for the past 2 days i seen 4 people trying to hitch hike (never the same person) and on a couple of exits i seen panhandlers with signs saying they're homeless/there car brokedown/ they lost there job/etc. i thought it was illegal in iowa to pick up hitchhikers and i've never seen so many panhandlers at once here before, what gives?
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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    graduation in iasheety last week



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    move to Denver, with everything that is awesome here, it seems most of those panhandlers make it to the Rockies and say f-it and set up camp. Homeless guy asked me for 10 bucks the other day, i was like "for real?"
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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    I will never give change to a homeless person again after my last incident in Des Moines. Gave the guy $2 and he ******* at me. Said I was going to take it back and he kept complaining saying he couldn't eat on $2. Finally he turned and walked away but he ******* and moan the whole way.



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    I've noticed that there isnt as many downtown DSM anymore.....Maybe theyve migrated. Use to be you couldnt walk 5 ft w/out one of them yelling and screaming about not giving them money. I once had a guy wearing a brand new ISU coat come in and sit down w/ us at Legends, took 15 minutes for them to throw him out.



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    there used to be a group that used to have 3 or 4 areas of town where they would rotate. one was over by johnston just off of the merle hay exit. ive heard they made at least 1k-2k a week. i think tougher laws forced them to move from there normal spots so they have just found new areas that dont enforce their laws as strictly



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

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    I remember seeing a story about a guy making about $70k a year panhandling in florida. He would wake up in his decent house, purposely get all nasty, drive to his destination and stand on a street corner... crazy



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    Re: Anyone whats up with the massive influx of hitchikers/panhandlers?

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I remember seeing a story about a guy making about $70k a year panhandling in florida. He would wake up in his decent house, purposely get all nasty, drive to his destination and stand on a street corner... crazy
    ^^ thats what a lot of panhandlers do, or are alcoholics, either way, i normally tell them to f off.

    if a guy can panhandle, a guy can work



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    Hey, that was my hometown! I don't recall any panhandlers... funny how being young makes the world rosy.



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