Some people are driven to dire circumstances. They lose their job, they lose their home, they lose everything they had. And that’s why they are forced to resort to panhandling or begging on the street. Some of these people suffer from mental illness, while others are injured combat veterans who do not receive enough support from the government. A select few of these beggars do it because it is easier than getting a job. And that’s why one Brighton, Michigan dealership exposed a panhandler for the lazy person he was. They offered him a full-time job, and he turned it down with scorn.
After the car dealership offered the panhandler, who has been working the corner near the dealership for years, a full-time job to help get him off the street, he turned it down. His reason? He made more money begging for money than they would pay him for hard work.
Because the Honda dealership was angry about this, they decided to expose the panhandler for being lazy. They created a sign and posted it inside the hood of one of their vehicles. It was a public service announcement of sorts. Because the panhandler’s begging was so lucrative, the public deserved to know who they were giving their money to.
The sign read:
“Please do not give anything to this panhandler. We offered him a full-time job at $10 per hour. He said, ‘I make more than any of you,’ and he did not want the job. Please donate to a more worthy cause.”
Although the outspoken Honda dealership declined to speak to the media, many community members spoke up about the issue on social media. As you can guess, hard workers are upset about having to work full-time jobs while the beggar takes home more money than Average Joe.
“It’s a scam,” Brighton resident Dan Golem told WDIV. “People like me, people like you, we’re working trying to provide for our families, and they’re just standing there.”
Felicia Tubbs works in the Shell Gas Station across the street. She knows the beggar the sign is talking about because she delivers pizza to the car dealership across the street.
“I don’t like them standing there. No one else does, either. I think it’s great that the dealership put some effort into trying to get rid of them,” Tubbs told WDIV.
The panhandler was part of a duo masquerading as father and son. They show up to their “jobs” on the street corner begging for money every day. They don’t have to pay taxes and they play off the pity of the average commuter. They hold a sign that reads, “Homeless, please help.” And they come up to the cars with sad, dirty faces when they’re stopped at the red light.
But now Brighton residents know that these beggars are taking home more money than some full-time workers.
“At first, you feel bad for them,” a driver said. “But then it’s day after day, week after week.”
On Tuesday, June 13, the panhandlers were arrested. But after their release, they were back begging for more spare change.
Tubbs spotted them at it again. They now hold new signs playing up the viral story:
“You can’t afford a one-bedroom apartment on $10 per hour.” The other one reads, “The median income in Livingston County is $70,000.”
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