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San Francisco hopes to deal with pushy panhandlers

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:43 a.m. HST, Dec 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO >> San Francisco is trying to solve a problem in its popular Union Square: pushy panhandlers.

There have long been complaints by tourists and shoppers about aggressive beggars. One hotel says it removes about six a day from the hotel.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the Union Square Business Improvement District has been interviewing hundreds of people who give to panhandlers and now plans to interview the panhandlers themselves to provide real data. The idea is to come up with a solution to the problem by January.

Meanwhile, police have been cracking down. Since September, people have been arresting people who have 10 or more citations for crimes such as aggressive panhandling or public urination.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Citations do not work - they just throw them away...
on December 24,2012 | 05:02AM
allie wrote:
SF is really deteriorated in recent years. Streets are dirty, chaotic and dangerous
on December 24,2012 | 05:49AM
alawai9th wrote:
"...people have been arresting people...?" Nice, let's start that practice here.
on December 24,2012 | 06:02AM
Traderjoe wrote:
They just ship them to Hawaii.
on December 24,2012 | 06:17AM
localguy wrote:
Exactly. Where do you think all the rail workers come from?
on December 24,2012 | 07:50AM
Anonymous wrote:
The LAST thing we need are yet more Californians. Or haven't any of you noticed that in the last, oh, 40 years? Our islands are rapidly being populated by hordes of them, pricing our children out of the housing market while they buy up the best places with pockets flush with cash from the sale of their homes in California.
on December 24,2012 | 10:06AM
MokeHo wrote:
Hey, you don't have to go to SF!! Just look at Moiliili Field and you can see how the homeless have ruined our neighborhood field. When you walk by the "tent city", it reeks of urine ... really stink! The police come and move them out but with 2 hours, they are back again. It is like watching a bunch of kids. The police evict them and within 2 hours they are back again because they know the police won't be back that day.
on December 24,2012 | 12:19PM
false wrote:
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on December 24,2012 | 03:45PM
Psyche wrote:
Dumb poster is dumb.
on December 24,2012 | 04:02PM
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