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Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:33

Around Turlock - January 25

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Career panhandlers are becoming somewhat of a trend in the popular shopping areas around town, and even our readers are taking notice. These pictures were submitted by a Turlock resident after they noticed the team of beggars rendezvousing at this truck in the Target parking lot. Sharing cigarettes, their next location to post up, and a ride home were all observed being discussed before the each team member ventured to their corner near each exit.

As you can see, while these 'hard workers' will gladly take any of your spare change, they don't enjoy taking pictures. Unfortunately our friend in the main picture displayed a gesture on the not so friendly side, so the TurlockCityNews.com graphic team helped us out in making it a little more G rated.

The City of Turlock is in the process of making it illegal to panhandle while launching educational and marketing campaigns, known as “Make Your Change Count” and “No Means No.”

To read more about the City's move to prohibit panhandler activity, read our article:
Turlock Police Chief: Don’t Give Money to Panhandlers


Send your pictures taken around Turlock to be published on TurlockCityNews.com to turlock@turlockcitynews.com.

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  1. anonymous

Are these people actually accosting people in parking lots or are they just sitting and holding signs on the roadside? The latyer is NOT against the new law. Actually your "photographer" seems to be the one harassing THEM if that is the case....

Are these people actually accosting people in parking lots or are they just sitting and holding signs on the roadside? The latyer is NOT against the new law. Actually your "photographer" seems to be the one harassing THEM if that is the case. Maybe call the cops next time instead of publicly shaming people would be a better course of action.

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  1. turlocker

I've been accosted many times in multiple Turlock parking lots, not all just sit on a corner with a sign. Last time I checked taking a picture of someone in public isn't harassment either.

I'll ask you this, when does it stop? Is it ok for...

I've been accosted many times in multiple Turlock parking lots, not all just sit on a corner with a sign. Last time I checked taking a picture of someone in public isn't harassment either.

I'll ask you this, when does it stop? Is it ok for there to be 1 person begging per parking lot? 2? A person on every corner? When would you finally do something about it?

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  1. Guest

Who cares if they have a car or smoke ciggs? If you want to give them change, do it. If you don't want to give them change, don't. Why are people acting as of these panhandlers are coming up to you and putting a gun to your head? All they're...

Who cares if they have a car or smoke ciggs? If you want to give them change, do it. If you don't want to give them change, don't. Why are people acting as of these panhandlers are coming up to you and putting a gun to your head? All they're doing is holding a sign looking at you sad and pathetically. Get over it. I've been in plenty of parking lots with panhandlers & they've NEVER come up to me. The only people who have come to me are the ones selling tamales or upper middle class looking people claiming they've "Run out of gas" & those are the people who have actually been rude, cussed me out and have had attitude with me for not giving them money. Also, many of the salvation army and the men in white outfits have been more direct and rude then any of the homeless panhandlers. I was a bell ringer for the salvation army in my junior year & we were told not to ask for money & not to say anything unless given money and only to say thank you or happy holidays & many of the other people I've seen bell ringing did not follow those rules at all and even gave dirty like looks and rolled their eyes at people who didn't put money in the bucket. Homeless panhandlers do not do this AT ALL.

In short, Why bother this man & his fellow panhandlers, there's no reason to when they don't bother you.

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  1. TheMom

Yes, they will accost you.
One incident while I had my 10 year old daughter didn't end until she asked me why I told her to get in the car and lock the door and I responded witt "because mommy is about to go to jail if this guy doesn't back up."

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  1. anonymous

This is so sad. It is not our place to judge what they do with our money, it is our place to help. What if it were you standing there and you really did need help? These men stand silently with their sign. If you choose to be nice and give them...

This is so sad. It is not our place to judge what they do with our money, it is our place to help. What if it were you standing there and you really did need help? These men stand silently with their sign. If you choose to be nice and give them some money, they thank you profusely and go back to standing. They do not ask for more, they do not follow you. They are patient and wait silently for people with good hearts to donate what they can. Shame on the city for even considering this.

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  1. Guest

Sure like to know what "not so friendly gesture" he is making? His palm is facing outward, clearly just trying to conceal his face from the camera. I agree with the article, but why exaggerate?

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  1. Allen

Hahahaha. Oh, Turlock! We have worse (*edited by tcn) that goes on in NYC!

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  1. quitbullying

Dj you need to really get a life instead of making these people even more miserable. . Have you ever been homeless? Im pretty sure you are just trying to get yourself recognized so you can actually run for council or make your website...

Dj you need to really get a life instead of making these people even more miserable. . Have you ever been homeless? Im pretty sure you are just trying to get yourself recognized so you can actually run for council or make your website acknowledged.. Go find something more interesting to do with your pathetic self..

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  1. seriously?

I can tell by the amount of ignorant and uneducated comments that folks like anonymous and quitbullying are missing the big picture. There IS a distinction between the homeless who need help and grifters, tweakers and criminal transients who...

I can tell by the amount of ignorant and uneducated comments that folks like anonymous and quitbullying are missing the big picture. There IS a distinction between the homeless who need help and grifters, tweakers and criminal transients who harass hard working citizens into subsidizing their illegal lifestyle! As a woman who is no match for the 200+ lbs tweakers who have accosted me next to my car, no, I do not support what theyre doing or how they do it. I've seen one in particular at Raleys targeting seniors and the folks who park in the handicap spaces, using intimidation -and have gone back into the store to report them to management, who will ask them nicely to not solicit their customers. And just for the record, I actually DID take a photo of a very large, healthy, able bodied man targeting certain people over by Kohls- not the ones on this page- because he was walking by my car after I had pulled in talking on his cell phone telling someone that 'there were sure a lot of idiots today!" and then leaned into a car catty corner from mine with a man and woman and told them how he needed gas money to get home to his family!! The panhandling to support drug habits and criminal activity is real. The only way to be sure our homeless population is getting a fair deal is to support Turlock Gospel Mission and United Samaritans- please donate generously to them and know that your money is going towards food, shelter and clothing.

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  1. Scared Customer

They will accost you, Just last night at CVS, I had just pulled in and hadn't even taken my key out yet, a guy was knocking on my window asking me for money, It scared me. I was told that it is private property and they can't be asking customers...

They will accost you, Just last night at CVS, I had just pulled in and hadn't even taken my key out yet, a guy was knocking on my window asking me for money, It scared me. I was told that it is private property and they can't be asking customers for money or the police will be called. Also customers have called the store to let employees know that there is a guy standing by the door and they are afraid to get out of their cars. I don't have extra money to give to panhandlers and they see what vechicle you get out of and I can't afford to have my car messed with because I didn't give a panhandler money. I went to get a prescription for an ill parent that I help take care of, and I live on a very tight fixed income and I was afraid. When I didn't answer him he called me a name through the window. So yeah they will come right up to you.

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0 #26 Um NOPE 2014-02-01 02:26
It is not illegal, nor harassment to photograph or film anyone, including police, in a space in which there is no expectation of privacy. Basically, in your own home or fenced yard is the only location that you can expect not to be photographed or filmed. Sorry Picture, you are wrong, and do not know the law. And the other commenters are right. These people are not homeless, nor do they need anymore assistance than the EBT, welfare and free food, clothing and shelter provided by the naive churches. They are criminal huckster gypsies scamming the do-gooders that give them money. Too bad tons of people in Turdlock keep giving them that money out of irrational guilt. That is what keeps them hanging around.
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0 #25 whatever 2014-01-29 14:11
Well bad boy and shameful, it seems to me that you are doing just as much clicking as everyone else so keep clicking away with your rude comments. Apparently you like making money for Fransen. Oh and stop giving the bums money so they will leave!!!!
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0 #24 shameful 2014-01-29 12:01
this is so shameful that turlock city news is making money off a poor guy asking for help. the newspapers would never do this and this is why they are the source for legitimate news. advertisers should not support this gossip site and keep advertising in papers to help keep the news real and not just for making money.
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0 #23 common sense 2014-01-29 06:39
common sense, if you keep feeding cats they will reproduce and continue being feral pests conversely if you give a bum money he or sehe will beg again ever seen the guy on golden state with the sign that says i need a beer did you know he has warrants is wanted by the law and lives behind the mini mart.when you give these poeple you are paying to keep them addicted financing their habits i see it everyday people who should be arrested for giving these individuals change and contributing to the problem i am retired own my own rv ride a expensive bike dress cleanly yet while waiting outsida stores because i ride a bike people act like i am homeless i dont ask for change and am financially stable yet i have to put up with people with attitude who are to stupid to realize if you want it to stop stop giving change to bums lets pass an ordinance making it a crime with a fine so these people can put their change to good use by using it to pay a ticket and teach them some "common sense"
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0 #22 Bad Boy or Dumb @$$ 2014-01-28 23:13
Newspapers and mags are all about circulation and that means clicks and selling newspapers. Your statement is just foolish. I have to imagine even with its salacious representation of the news its more popular than the Turlock Journal.
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0 #21 time for a read 2014-01-28 21:17
Dear Picture and bad boy:
Any cop on the beat will tell you that it is NOT harassment to photograph someone on the street--there is, in fact, no expectation of privacy in a public place. Please don't make me cite all the numerous and LEGAL examples that are protected under the law, including, but not limited to: YouTube, Turlock Neighborhood Watch, and many other print and broadcast outlets that are entitled to air, print and publish material as they see fit as long as they don't exercise terrorist threats or incite violence. (But let's never mind the complete strangers that have no problem coming into folks personal space and grifting for drug money.) Being that this country also allows Freedom of the Press, TCN is well-protected under the Constitution, even if you, I, or anyone else does or does not agree with the material/topics/articles/viewpoints/editorials they publish. Now I have never met DJ and am not sure I'd know him on the street but since I scan this site a couple of times a week I do know that he doesn't seem to mind publishing comments criticizing, attacking, disagreeing or outright accusing him of any number of things that people find offensive...for someone who people regularly accuse of being bought and sold, a slave to politicians, advertisers and other Turlock mucky-mucks, I'd say he allows you, me and everyone else the constitutional freedom to express our views by PUBLISHING them. And as far as businesses are concerned, they want to spend their media dollars where the eyeballs are. Businesses regularly ask for that information before they decide where to spend. It is all statistical and to label a digital-only site of being numbers driven or worried about clicks is like saying the Turlock Journal or the Modesto Bee shouldn't concern themselves with subscribers or how many newsstand copies they sell! Maybe they should just stop selling ad space and depend on the kindness of donors like you who can volunteer time to write, edit, photograph, publish, deliver copies and then read it! Oh, wait, that would be a little like socialism..... scratch that! But back to the harassment issue at hand. In the last month both the Modesto and Turlock Police have issued statements that they are cracking down on panhandlers and have asked for the public's help. I believe this was newsworthy enough of a story that several local media outlets chose to publish their accounts in their respective publications--including the above-hyperlinked article that was a directive from Chief Jackson himself. So, if you don't like the publisher, the advertisers, the content or the forum, please, do yourself a favor and exercise your freedom of choice to stay away.
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0 #20 Bad Girl 2014-01-28 20:44
Hey Bad Boy...jealous of success? Do you think TMZ has a readership? Do you think major players advertise with TMZ.? You must be totally brain dead or just a dumb (*edited by tcn). I advertise on Turlock City News because of all the people on the site...like you.
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0 #19 James 2014-01-28 18:16
How many more pan handlers can we get in Turlock ? What are we doing to eradicate the problem ? Do we as citizens have to take action ?
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0 #18 bad boy 2014-01-28 17:22
Fransen is all about bragging about Turlock City News numbers on Facebook and Twitter. He is all about getting views for his advertisers. Media should not be about getting clicks or selling newspapers. Turlock City News is like TMZ. No business legitimate business should advertise on this website.
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0 #17 Tdslofire 2014-01-28 07:27
These people are not homeless. They all have places to stay. Scam. Also gospel and united are just attracting more with all their trash. It is the worst it's ever been in Turlock. Also having to worry about helping or not helping the homeless is a lot better than anything I would want to touch with a ten foot pole in NYC. #smalltown #uwouldntknow
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