In 2008 I had a 4br house, a PC business, and managed a retail store. I left the retail store to give my time to the PC business. Then the economy had its drop and its been a gradual slide into homeless poverty by 2013. Brutal. Setting all of that aside, I have by little other choices been flying a sign to survive and living out of storage. I have seen something that the general public needs to open their eyes to. The paper recently put a statement "giving money to panhandlers brings crime to the area" Many of the people you see flying a sign have little or no other means of income on which to rely on. They are forced to rely on the kindness of strangers just to eat some days. If that option is taken away then what will happen? These people chose panhandling over crime. Don't force them into crime. Common sense. Let people choose whether they want to give their spare change or not. Don't let misguided opinions in the papers make life worse for those already struggling.