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Downtown businesses concerned with aggressive panhandlers

October 9, 2019


THANK YOU. DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES TELL US US THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING AND HOW IT’S AFFECTING CUSTOMERS. CHANNEL 11 IS LIVE AFTER GOING STRAIGHT TO CITY LEADERS TO DO OUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. JOE. Reporter: YEAH, YOU KNOW THERE’S NO LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT SAY YOU CAN’T PANHANDLE. IN FACT, IT’S COMPLETELY LEGAL, BUT SOME BUSINESS OWNERS WE SPOKE WITH SAY SOME PANHANDLEERS WHERE TAKING THINGS A STEP FURTHER. Reporter: HE HAS BEEN DONE TOWN IN BUSINESS SINCE 2011 AND WATCHED DOWNTOWN THRIVE FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS. BUT HE WATCHED SOMETHING ELSE HAPPEN AND A LOT OF TIMES IN FRONT OF HIS SWEET SHOP. HE SAYS HE QUICKLY MOVES THEM FROM THE STORE FOR CUSTOMERS AND IF NOT FOR CUSTOMERS FOR HIM. YOWL ASK THEM TO MOVE. SOME GET AGGRESSIVE. A GUY STARTED THREATENING ME. I’M NOT GOING TO DHISE, SO I HAD TO GO CALL THE AUTHORITIES ROC THIS HAS BECOME A CONCERN FOR HIS BUSINESS. INIT MAKES PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO SHOP THERE. Reporter: HE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS DOING ABOUT THE PROBLEM MOOCH WE TOOK THE PLAYER TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICE, AND HE TELLS US IT’S JUST A FACT OF LIFE THAT EXISTS IN MOST CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU WILL HAVE A DOWNTOWN BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE SOCIAL PROVIDERS ARE AND HOMELESS SHELTERS ARE AND WHERE THE JAIL AND COURTHOUSES ARE. IT’S WHERE BUS ROUTES, CHASE, IT’S YOUR CITY CENTER FOR A REASON. . Reporter: AND HE TOLD ME THAT IN THE LAST 3 OR 4-WEEKS, THEY TRIPLED THE AMOUNT OF POLICE OFFICERS YOU SEE DOWNTOWN. AND HE SAYS HE AND THE PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECT AND THE MAYOR HAVE TAKEN WALKS THROUGH THE CITY LOOKING FOR TROUBLE SPOTS. LIVE TONIGHT, CHANNEL 11 NEWS.

2 Comments

  • Reply Dom MOVIE NIGHT MAN September 17, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Pittsburgh mayor say you don't like it go to mall

  • Reply Google User September 20, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Mayor Pud will NEVER defend a business!!!!!
    ……
    He in FACT only defends CRIMINALS and drug dealers!!!!

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