QuikTrip making moves to stop panhandlers


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Updated: 3/14/2013 9:20 am Published: 3/13/2013 3:11 pm


QuikTrip is warning to panhandlers to quit targeting their customers or they'll have to deal with police.

“You tell them to leave and then they ignore you,” said QuikTrip Spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh.

New signs posted at QuikTrip are a warning to anyone loitering outside a QuikTrip, but the primary concern is about panhandlers begging for money, making customers and employees feel unsafe.

Panhandlers who avoid the signs will hear from the law.

"Well, you are going to go to jail. That's what we are going to do about it,” said Thornbrugh.

FOX23 News checked jail records and found Theodore Zakaryan is locked up for aggressive begging in Tulsa County.

"I've been approached a couple of times,” said QuikTrip customer Bob Sherman.

In 2011, a Tulsa panhandler stabbed a QuikTrip customer who refused to give him money.

Customers say panhandlers distract them with elaborate stories about why they need money.

"They have all kinds of scams,” says Thornbrugh.

If panhandlers ignore the signs, QT says employees will take action. 

"They see us with red shirts on, or a QT badge they take off now, they know it's coming, the heat is on them,” said Thornbrugh.

Under the Tulsa municipal Code, Title 27, Chapter 14, Section 1407, aggressive begging carries a $200 fine and in most cases more serious charges are added causing jail time.

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WyoMoe - 3/18/2013 1:53 PM
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It is not the V.A. as much as it is this administration. Most Vets do not support obama because he doesn't support them. Therefore obama takes out his littleBit@hfit on the V.A. thus our Vets suffer.

Mayor Maynot - 3/14/2013 8:24 AM
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K G Wolf. That's kinda funny tx 4 the chuckle. Heather :-) WOW you got one braincell and it is bent on bashing a group that does a LOT of good. But they can only help those who WILL allow the VA to help them.

kindagreywolf - 3/13/2013 9:11 PM
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I am sure the TPD will give TPD a bunch of forms that people can fill out............ Wait, TPD gets free stuff at Quick Trip, they'll show up.

langston wilde - 3/13/2013 8:31 PM
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Something has to be done, about a month ago a person that was panhandling didn't like the fact I wouldn't give hin any change and called me names. When I came out of the store he was in my car telling me that I had to give him a ride. It took the store manager and another person to get him out my car. Now I lock my doors before on going in to QT.

langston wilde - 3/13/2013 8:26 PM
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well

heather case - 3/13/2013 7:51 PM
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To whoever said the vets have the va thats horseshit of they had the va they wouldnt be in bad health and homeless they dont give a damn about the veterans or there wouldnt be missong records and damn thing else one of the news channels just did a report on the veterans administration not doing thier dn job so uou want to twll me 1 more time how they have the va

heather case - 3/13/2013 7:42 PM
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To whoever said the vets have the va thats horseshit of they had the va they wouldnt be in bad health and homeless they dont give a damn about the veterans or there wouldnt be missong records and damn thing else one of the news channels just did a report on the veterans administration not doing thier dn job so uou want to twll me 1 more time how they have the va

craven976 - 3/13/2013 7:24 PM
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Its about dang time! QT has sat idle while these bums lay around and beg for money.

craven976 - 3/13/2013 7:22 PM
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Its about Dang time! They've sat idle while these wino's and bums beg for a living while the rest of us work for a living. As for vets, THEY HAVE THE V.A.!!!!!!

heather case - 3/13/2013 7:10 PM
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Think its crap thier human beings like us thier veterans who fought for this country who have been forgotten about by this country the goveremnt cares more about the infux of mexican migrants than it does thier own veterans.
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