QuikTrip has plans in place to combat panhandling

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 10/24/2013 11:07 pm Published: 10/24/2013 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.

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Winter Storm - 11/4/2013 7:18 AM
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I thought that we were supposed to help the homeless and the poor.

Mayor Maynot - 10/28/2013 1:46 PM
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Tired tulsan: If that's the case then QT is aiding and abetting the criminals to become public drunks. Arrest the clerk that sells the public drunk the beer.

Tired Tulsan - 10/27/2013 2:40 PM
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QuikTrip employers smirk with total indifference when you tell them you are harassed by panhandlers in their parking lot. A QT employee actually told me that the panhandler was harmless and just goes and drinks his beer behind the store. In other words the bums get the money from customers to coward to say no and buy the beer in their stores. If QT would refuse service as they have the right to do and report the incidences of public intoxication, a lot of the panhandling on their property would stop.

kindagreywolf - 10/26/2013 1:57 AM
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just put superglue on the coins before you toss them to them.

karlschneider - 10/25/2013 5:06 PM
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Just make it legal to taser 'em...

Unwashed Mass - 10/25/2013 12:49 AM
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The "No Panhandling" signs are pretty old, so what's actually new?

Mayor Maynot - 10/24/2013 9:30 PM
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I haven't seen them do anything yet.
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