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3 days ago.
by Kunectdots
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Welcome to Parkersburg! (home of the bums)

Drive across the toll bridge into Parkersburg and what's the first sight you see? How about a pathetic looking being bumming for money? There's a crew that work's the end of the Memorial Bridge, with the collector sometimes STANDING IN THE ROADWAY (I thought that to be illegal). His or her 'backups' are reclining in the adjacent American Legion lot. Then they rotate to the intersection of 6th and Ann St. and the backups sit on the Henry Logan Church steps. I had one relative that made a contribution and saw the female 'collector' drinking later that night at the 5th St. Pub. Another made a donation at the Memorial Bridge and later saw the guy buying a "40 ouncer" at the Speedway on Grand Central. Throw in the recent additions at the end of the drive to Wal-Mart (South Pburg) and the problem seems to be growing. I believe one female collector was recently charged with drug distribution. Is this the wave of the future for Parkersburg?

 
 

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Kunectdots

absolem - Under present laws, it IS NOT illegal for them to panhandle. The signage represents a request from the city government that others not contribute to them. I have read commentary from others that the signage itself is offensive because it indirectly depicts the beggars as being alcoholics or drug users. I have witnessed some participating in those activities, publicly.

Posted 3 days ago.

absolem

parkersburg could be really nice. the roads are a bit worn (beat to hades)in some areas. if they were up to snuff, a drive in a sporty vehicle could be fun.

Posted 5 days ago.

absolem

Kunectdots, document you did! you mentioned them standing under a "no panhandling" sign???? if so why not have the local police point them to the nearest resource for their particular need (that doesn't include liquor store or shooting gallery).

Posted 5 days ago.

Kunectdots

Please tell the ones, that lay in the grass behind the bushes along the roadway exiting WalMart, South P-burg, to take their trash with them when they finish waiting on their Compadre completes her bumming.

Posted 19 days ago.

Kunectdots

On Tuesday, August 4th, our two premiere beggars (male and female) were positioned together at the end of the Memorial Bridge. She was sitting on the fender of the lighted warming sign that alerted drivers to the construction occurring on the bridge, while shirtless 'honey punk' laid in the grass at her feet, inches from the roadway. He looked very much like one of the dead Mexicans laying in the sun in the movie, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (only with more emphasis toward ugly).

It's been almost FIVE HUNDRED DAYS AGO (and a lot of booze purchased by them) since I first started posting here about those two!!!!

Really a pleasant view when entering Parkersburg.

Posted 25 days ago.

Kunectdots

Yesterday (7-20-15) @1:30 PM, a young woman whom I've seen in conjunction with the 'end of the Memorial Bridge' panhandlers, was positioned at the exit of Wal-Mart in South Parkersburg. She was looking pitiful, holding a sign explaining she needed money for diapers and laundry detergent.

Today, the same woman was working the intersection of 36th St. and Emerson Ave. at 2:30 PM. How many days does it take to collect money for some diapers and detergent? It's also 'coincidental' that her former "Homeless" sign turned into a need for diapers shortly after the nationwide story broke of the policeman that paid for diapers, out of his own pocket, for a young lady that he had to arrest for trying to steal them. I haven't seen her yet in the Break Room with the rest of the crew ( Back porch of 814 26th St). But with four or five of them sitting there at a time, it's not easy to identify each one.

Posted 41 days ago.

Kunectdots

Yesterday (7-18-15) with the temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, there was a McDonald's employee wearing a total body costume, encouraging customers to stop in at the Ohio Ave. store.

Meanwhile, there was a relatively young, burly-looking man bumming at the end of the Memorial Bridge, directly across the street from the McDonald's employee. He looked more than qualified to head up to Home Depot in answer to their "Help Wanted" sign posted along Grand Central Av.

The person sweating in that McDonald's costume is making minimum wage and paying taxes from it. The Enterpriser with the "Homeless" sign is (no doubt) 'making' substantially more than minimum wage, for standing around looking at you with sad eyes, and pays NOTHING in taxes for his efforts. I also never notice a McDonald's employee wonder off from their station and leave their trash in the grass.

What's wrong with that whole picture, Parkersburg?

Posted 43 days ago.

Kunectdots

Well, she was there again today (5-25-15 Memorial Day, all 260 lbs. of her "Hungry" and "Homeless" self. Shirtless hubby, with more than a few hundred dollars of tattoos on his shirtless torso, observing the operation, sitting on his butt on the curbing across from McDonalds.

They should have had at least a bit of camo on so you might think you owed them something for their military service too. How unimaginative!

BTW - I started posting my observations of these two here over 420 days ago. No luck finding a job yet?

Posted 98 days ago.

Kunectdots

Today, @ 3:40 PM, the guy that doesn't like to wear his shirt and sits on the curb with his legs out into the street, was 'working' the Walmart exit on South-side. His female accompaniment was occupying a spot behind the bushes. I notice that the dude displays a significant number (from a dollar investment standpoint) of tattoos on his torso. He had his usual "Homeless, Any thing will help, God Bless" sign with him. I imagine that "Homeless" couple took the bus HOME to North Parkersburg after 'work', but I had other things to do besides wait around to verify my belief.

Posted 115 days ago.

Kunectdots

Yesterday, 3-25-15 @ 01:00 PM, the alcohol buyer was 'working' while sitting with his legs over the curbing at the end of the Memorial Bridge. His female friend and Back-up was sitting on the curb, opposite McDonalds, on Ohio Ave. An attached crew was bidding their time on the back porch of 814 26th St. and a new male face was collecting at the entrance to the Park Shopping Center. A new one (female) was at the intersection of Emerson and Dudley, while a male was collecting at the exit-way of Wal-Mart, in Vienna, today (3-26-15).

Their ranks ARE growing. NICE IMAGERY, PARKERSBURG!!!

Posted 158 days ago.

Kunectdots

Today, 3-20-15 @ 3:20 PM the bum who lays around on the ground occasionally at the end of the Memorial Bridge, took a break and went over to CVS Pharmacy to purchase alcohol. He emerged from the store with his package and walked to the back porch of a boarded-up residence at 814 26th St (out of the public's view) to consume it with his female 'friend' (who also bums at the end of the bridge regularly) and another male. Meanwhile, another male was 'working' the end of the bridge while another female (who was arrested for her-oin possession/distribution) was 'working' the entranceway to the Park Shopping Center.

How much more of this is Parkersburg going to tolerate?

Posted 164 days ago.

Kunectdots

I noticed the anti-panhandling sign at the end of the Memorial Bridge now has a leftward slant to it. Shortly after it was installed, which was in a perpendicular relationship to the level ground, it was bent slightly backward by someone.

For those that think displacing that sign from a vertical axis by probably trying to tear it down, all you're doing is making the sign MORE attractive to the eye of oncoming drivers BECAUSE it is now canted. You're defeating your own purpose.

Posted 197 days ago.

I encountered a pretty obnoxious group of panhandlers yesterday, blocking the entrance of the Vienna Foodland, holding out cups, and arguing with passersby who did not donate. A group of drunks? No, it was the Jackson Middle School Wrestling Team, forced by their parents and coaches to beg on the streets and hassle little old ladies for a dollar to support their team. This is an prime example of poor parenting and poor coaching, teaching kids that bumming is an acceptable way to obtain funds for something you want.

Posted 225 days ago.

Kunectdots

(CONT)

I don't see or hear anyone saying, "I won't go to Parkersburg because of those awful signs". I do, however, notice drivers giving a wide bearth to those individuals, whom you claim are "sitting" in your letter, when they are forced to sit beside them while stopped at a light.

Posted 239 days ago.

Kunectdots

Mr. Charles Corra Jr. (of Parkersburg) slammed Mayor Newell and the City of Parkersburg about the anti-Panhandler signs posted around town in The Parkersburg N&S LTEs (Jan.4, 2015) with a letter entitled "Panhandler signs are offensive".

Well, Mr. Corra, continue to give all the money to those folks you want. SOME of it may not go to the Speedway on Grand Central for a 40 oz. beer, but SOME of it has. SOME of it may not go to a downtown pub for alcoholic drinks, but SOME of it has. SOME of it may not go to a woman later convicted of her-oin possession, but SOME of it has. SOME of it may not go to purchase a twelve pack of beer, by the "HOMELESS" couple on their way HOME, but SOME of it has.

I know about those events because I'm interested enough to pay attention to the activities of those PANHANDLERS. Maybe you should be also.

(CONT)

Posted 239 days ago.

Kunectdots

Today (11-2-14), a black man was standing at the end of the Memorial Bridge 'collecting'. A few days back, I had the privilege of witnessing a Parkersburg PD officer telling the woman, who lives in North Parkersburg but claims to "Homeless", to move on or be arrested. So, are we now going to have race enter the picture as a legal quirk also when attempting to keep the panhandlers at bay in Parkersburg?

Posted 301 days ago.

Kunectdots

$54,750/year...TAX FREE! Seen @ 7:50 minutes into video. h ttp://w ww.youtube.c om/watch?v=XhalV1mc0Fo

Posted 306 days ago.

Kunectdots

h ttp://w ww.newsandsentinel.c om/page/content.detail/id/598544/County-offers-funds-to-city-homeless-shelter.html

Posted 306 days ago.

Kunectdots

Today, October 23rd @ 3:20 pm, the couple that regularly work the end of the Memorial Bridge were standing idly across Ohio Ave. from McDonalds, while a more respectable looking partner worked the end of the bridge. Yesterday, the same trio was trolling at the 4th and Ann St. intersection, with 'the couple' occupying the steps of the Henry Logan Church. So, they've now (allegedly) got a new hook. Have someone that appears less alcoholic/druggie prone to actually do the 'work', standing under the very same city signs advising drivers to not "participate in funding drug and alcoholism".

Posted 312 days ago.

Kunectdots

OK! Parkersburg is starting to make some progress. I guess the guy that manages a certain kitchen implement outlet in the Grand Central Mall, can go take a giant screw at the moon!

Posted 321 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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