Bath Panhandler Seen Throwing Away Donated Food

Information provided by the Bath Township Police Department.

An officer patrolling the area of Springside Drive and state Route 18 on April 27 saw a panhandler with a sign that read "Homeless... trying to feed my family," according to Bath police.

The officer watched someone stop their car, go to the trunk and pull out a giant box of food. The person gave it to the panhandler and drove away.

The panhandler took the box of food and threw it in a dumpster behind Strickland's, the officer reported. He drove up to the dumpster and retrieved the box, which contained spaghetti, sauce, soda, canned goods, two large boxes of cereal and a can of Spam. Of all the items, only the Spam was expired.

An employee from Eddie's Bike Shop took the food and put it in his car, the report said.

The officer drove up to the panhandler and asked her why she threw the food away, but she got angry and questioned why he was questioning her.


Megan Rozsa April 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Here's what Facebook Fan Teri Brown-Bradshaw had to say: This is why I do not help panhandlers... they are there to make money, period--often for alcohol or drugs. As a matter of fact, many of them make more money doing that than I do during an honest day's work. Same thing happened to me when I was in college. A bum came up to me and asked me for money, he was frail and obviously starving. Instead, I told him I'd buy him lunch. He cursed me out and and walked away. God helps those who help themselves. What are your thoughts?
Denise Ritter April 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I had a similar experience last week. I was trying to be a good example to my daughter. I man approached us in a parking lot and pleaded that we help him because he was very hungry. He wanted something particular from Rally's, but I didn't have any cash. I went in the story and made my purchase, plus I added a quick snack for him. When I handed it to him, he looked at me in disgust. I told my daughter never to give anyone money. If they are truly hungry they will graciously accept the food you offer. It's sad. We are underemployed in my family, but we manage to limp along. This man probably made more money panhandling then we do. And he was just so ungrateful.
Megan Rozsa April 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
That's terrible to hear, Denise. Has anyone else had an experience like this?
Megan Rozsa April 30, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Here's what Facebook Fan Diana Sabitsch had to say: This happened to us. My daughter saw one when she was younger and felt bad. I told her I would not give money but if they really needed something we could give them food. We took it back to him. Later we drove by and he was gone and the food was there. She couldn't understand why someone that was in need didn't want food for his children (which his sign said he had).
Sharon Lorentzen April 30, 2012 at 08:07 PM
These 'panhandlers', for the most part are employed by someone who gets their permits for them - who hires them to beg. They change signs, locations, shifts. One is sometimes a male, sometimes a female. Another wears his knee braces outside of his clothes, so we're sure to see his problem. Whatever their story, they are preying on the sympathy and kind nature of people, many of whom cannot afford to donate, but have empathy for the beggar. This is not a good example for your children. Teach them how to get involved, volunteer, make a change. Don't teach them begging is a way to go. We need to stop the panhandling. Even during the Great Depression, begging was considered the lowest of the low, and people would do anything - sell pencils, apples, sweep floors, wash windows, - rather than sink to that. I don't feel these people are that desperate. They've just found an easy way.
Pennie Fordham April 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM
How would they get the food home? They come by bus and bring a lot of stuff with them - things to sit on, clothes for different conditions? I don't think they could carry it home. The only food I have given a panhandler was restaurant food, like a Starbucks mocha or burger and fries from McDonald's. Maybe they threw them away too, but they could eat them right there.
Steven Combs May 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Are you kidding me?! If you're hard up for money and food you're not going to throw a box of it away. You're going to do everything in your power to get that back to your family or stock up for yourself. This is the most ridiculous comment I've ever read. Back to the story, it's sad to see caring people give help just to have it thrown in the garbage. This shows that they don't want help, just more money.
Jeff May 01, 2012 at 02:44 PM
They gave a homeless person canned food and spaghetti? How did she think they would cook the spaghetti?
Joshua panhandler May 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
As a panhandler myself, this angers me. I personally am grateful for whatever people give me. I'll happily smile and thank people for a handful of pennies. I've been given a nickel before, but it was sincere. People hand me food, and my 3 year old loves the goodie bags i bring home, and I never discard anything despite food allergies, because if we can't eat it, we know plenty of people who need it. Nearly all of it gets used. Some people do tend to give us stuff that they themselves wouldn't eat, like past date food. If you won't eat it yourself, why give it to the "less fortunate" ? Keep in mind, some of us have no means to cook whatsoever, and must eat everything straight from the package. Many of us carry all we own on our backs, and have no room for extra weight. Due to hateful remarks and threats, I won't accept open packages of food such as half eaten sandwiches, or bags of chips, because I can't accept the risk of my toddler eating contaminated food given to us by harm wishers. My suggestion is supermarket gift cards, fast food gift cards, monthly bus passes, or even offer to put a few days of time on our pre-paid phone. We ALL have phones, without them we can't call for help in medical emergencies at camp, or receive calls from potential employers or the occasional person who wishes to check up on our well being. Also, people overlook our exposure to the weather. I'd surely appreciate sunscreen, cheap sunglasses, fresh socks, COLD bottled water, and a good umbrella.
Joshua panhandler May 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I'll be the first to tell you that (in my best guess, for the area I reside in) 90% of us panhandlers are trying to support some kind of addiction. I see them every day, and often have to avoid fights with them over prime locations to "fly a sign". That being said, there are some of us out here who are truly trying to keep the roof over their heads, and food in the kids tummies. Many of us are denied services elsewhere for failing to meet any number of increasingly ridiculous criteria to receive help. One christian charity here denied us rent assistance because we couldn't show proof of income for all adults (denied if one adult is unemployed or raises the child), as well as payroll stubs and receipts for everything we've spent in the past 30 days. I know of few people, even well off folks, who can produce receipts for EVERY item they've purchased in the past month, and have all them receipts add up to every penny earned on your post tax payroll stub(s) for that time period. We've been denied shelter together as a family simply for being a unmarried couple with a "bastard" child. Sure, she can stay with our son, in a womens and family shelter, but I must separate from them and go miles across town with no transportation to a mens shelter, because regardless of if I'm on the birth certificate, I can't stay with my FAMILY because we didn't enter a legally binding contract to each other, or change her last name to mine. We won't separate, I'll take my chances with a sign first.
Employed Public May 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Joshua panhandler: So, let me get this straight. You are on a computer typing to folks recommendations for you and other panhandlers?! HAHAHAHA! How about getting a job and helping yourself?? Then, you could help out other panhandlers. You need to work and provide for yourself and any dependants. Loved the suggestion for gift cards though! HAHAHAHAHA!
Tim Fitz May 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Do not give to panhandlers or encourage them in any way. If we all did this, Panhandlers would be forced to find legitimate work. Tell them to "Get a Job'. I offered a job to a panhandler digging a ditch on my property for minimum wage and he refused it. I guess he was not hungry enough!
help yourself May 02, 2012 at 04:48 AM
yeah because you can buy alcohol and cigarettes with your gift cards. You mentioned being denied help elsewhere, Having had to use food Pantrys ect on Occasion, I have never had to account for Every single penny, never been denied because I didn't have proof of income for someone, I had to put a Best guess and was HONEST. The only thing I have ever had to proove was maybe my address or call and get a referral so they can track how often and how many places you are hitting for assistance. I happen to know in the Akron area, where this story came out of there is a listing published that you can get at least 2 hot meals everyday of the week, many of the places also give a bag of groceries or some hygiene Items to Help. I have never been Homeless myself but hold a community position that helps tie the truly needy to services and we deal with many truely homeless people. Quite honestly the people who really need help are willing to work for it, whether it be helping serve, fileing, cleaning, cooking, shaking hands or giving smiles. Not 1 of them has gone to Begging on the corner.


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