|Updated: 10/24 11:07 pm
||Published: 10/24 9:11 pm
FOX23 has an update to a story about aggressive or pushy panhandlers that was first reported last Monday.
Authorities said that reports of panhandling typically spikes near the holiday season. FOX23 has learned that QuikTrip has procedures in place to help curb the problem.
People in Green Country said that they see people asking for money on a daily basis.
“I see it at department stores, Walmart, Target, the mall parking lot and gas stations, “said Marshall Henshaw.
Some people told FOX23 that they have mixed feelings about giving money to a stranger.
Erin said that she has had people follow her to car to ask for spare change.
“I lock my doors because you never know anymore with people,” said Erin.
QuikTrip Spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh said that the convenience store won’t tolerate aggressive panhandlers.
“No business and no customer deserve to be hassled,” said Thornbrugh.
Thornbrugh told FOX23 that employees hope that a verbal warning is enough to curtail people from asking for money but if isn’t, they have monitoring systems in place to help.
Thornbrugh said that QuikTrip locations have cameras that monitor the stores 24 hours a day. They have also compiled a master list of about 75-100 repeat offenders at all locations. He went on to say that employees are trained to spot panhandlers and know how to intervene and call the police if necessary.
“Just tell us and we will take care of it.”
Erin said that she see’s people asking for money in a lot of different locations and she is grateful that some businesses are addressing the issue.
“QuickTrip does a good job of getting people off the area,” said Erin.