Street scamming isn’t murder, although I can see where it could lead to one.

September 26th, 2006

A guy came up to me and my companion as I got out of my car.

I had already seen him approach someone else on the street and ask them for money.

He was using some variation on the ever-popular “I need bus fare” rift.

When I told him that I didn’t believe he was legitimate and that I wasn’t in the mood for his antics he said… “Why? You find out she’s cheating on you?”

Which I’m sure is exactly what someone who really did need busfare would have said.

There are days I regret that society no longer allows us to administer a good old-fashioned thrashing to people who deserve it.

Entry Filed under: Milwaukee,Personal

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phelony jones  |  September 27th, 2006 at 5:20 am

    It would have been difficult not to administer a beat down.

    About a year ago I was sitting in my car with my date outside George Watts. He leaned over to kiss me and this panhandler starts knocking on the window. On MY side.

  • 2. Administrator  |  September 27th, 2006 at 10:21 am

    Shameless is too mild a word to describe the behavior of downtown’s panhandlers.

  • 3. Melinda Omdahl  |  October 6th, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    Isn’t it a bit redundant to call panhandlers shameless?

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