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Panhandlers in Tinley Park

Panhandlers occupy corners on 159th Street in Tinley Park

I've noticed two panhandlers - one stationed by Meijers entrance and 159th and one by the Home Depot entrance and 159th.  Isn't there a law against this in Tinley?

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Chris Ryan September 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM
That is not Tinley Park. It is Orland Park.
Cheryl Zellmer September 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Thank you for the information. I spotted the Meijers panhandler by Steak and Shake today.
Kelly Smentek September 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I'm getting sick of seeing them myself! It's becoming the new "norm" to see a bunch of them out there looking sad and dirty. I have to work for my money, why can't they!
Cheryl Zellmer September 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The one by Meijers was offered a job but, he refused. Now he is over by Steak and Shake.
Susan September 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I have seen the guy by Meijer for months now. I gave him money one day but as time went on, I noticed he only seems to be there when the weather is nasty or cold. Coincidence? Extra sympathy? I went to Meijer today and he wasn't there yet tonight, when it was getting darker from the rain moving in, there he was by Steak & Shake. I'm a single mom working as a waitress and barely managing to keep a roof over our heads but I'm not sitting on a corner with my baby looking for a handout. I understand jobs are hard to come by but, seriously? Get a freakin paper route then.
Cheryl Zellmer September 18, 2012 at 04:28 AM
He must be getting good money standing there looking poor because from what I understand he has been offered many jobs and refused. Everyone is suffering from the poor economy but we are not standing on the corner begging for money
TP Citizen September 18, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Im sick of the panhadler also. Recently Ive seen a second one out. I know the one by 159th meijers/harlem/steak and shake has been offered several jobs. I called the police the day I saw him out by steak and shake and later the same day I drove by and he was there still! What is going on? Get this guy off our streets he is taking advantage of people.
TP Mom September 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
His girlfriend is out there begging as well. I don't see them over by Meijer much anymore-I applaud whatever business put out the lettered sign that read, "Please don't give them money. They have been offered jobs and refuse to work." I hear they are heroin addicts. And the OP cops are apparently familiar with them; I saw a squad drive by one day and wave to him, and he waved back.
TP Resident September 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Call the cops when you see him. It is illegal.
Cheryl Zellmer September 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I have called the cops but, he must go back there once they leave. They should haul him into the station and fine him each time they catch him panhandling. If it's let go there will be more of them. Word spreads when they think they can get free money.
4th wright September 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
"Word spreads when they think they can get free money." Plank #1 of the Democratic National platform.
Nancy September 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Yeah, I used to feel bad for the Meijers guy until I noticed just about every time I saw him he was smoking cigarettes. Like okay you can afford to smoke when cigarettes cost as much as they do? Bogus!
TP Citizen September 18, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Do I have to start standing out there with my own sign every time I see him to get anything done about this guy? I couldnt find anything in the ordinances about panhandling specifically, but I think he could be ticketed under 98.02 NUISANCES ENUMERATED. A ticket every day hes out there could discourage him, if the police are patrolling the city they should have no trouble spotting this guy and writing a ticket! They manage to see people without seat belts well enough.
Renee Dybala September 18, 2012 at 09:54 PM
There was also one on Harlem by Sam's Club this past Sunday...I believe it is the same one that is by Meijers as well...he doesn't want food, but wants to come and do small jobs for you??????
Eva Reyes-Seitz September 19, 2012 at 02:39 PM
My understanding from Meijer's panhandlers neighbors. He lives with his parents, rent-free, has been offered jobs, refused them. One of the businesses nearby bought him a pizza and he dumped it in the garbage, Evidently, he isn't that hungry. Observing him, he gets picked up by what seems, older gentlemen, maybe he is working an old profession. The O.P. cops have been called numerous times, and nothing is done. Maybe the residents should start pressuring the OPD to give tickets to these panhandlers.
JJR September 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
It's sad. The guy clearly has some problems. Every time I see him he is just staring blankly and not doing anything except taking up space. There is nothing scary about him. Just a lost soul. Call it local color and move on.
TP Citizen September 24, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Suspected drug user and unwilling to accept regular employment is not the color I want shading the streets of Tinley. We have got to do what we can to keep crime down in our city. By rewarding someone who chooses to avoid regular employment in favor of standing around collecting free handouts we are encouraging criminals to encroach upon us. Pan handling is first, there are already others following suit, soon there may be more robberies, home invasions etc, as people get used to and want more easy money from where the getting has been good. Someone who appears harmless may not always be so, it is important to be diligent and not just wait for something really bad to happen first. Let him accept one of the jobs hes apparently been offered, there is no need for him to be so sad.
Madrdd February 09, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Any updates on the Panhandler that had the court hearing? Haven't seen any updates!
jennie mcCArthy March 01, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Yes he got let go with no fines.the judge knew he wouldn't pay them anyway..its sad how many white suburban kids are getting money this second from their parents saying they are going to the mall but really using it on heroin.people would be suprised to know that 80% of people who are now doing heroin are our children who have parents working everyday hard to provide for them and then when they ask money to go to the mall they're really spending it on drugs.so please don't judge it will kick you in the butt.pray for him instead of talking about him negatively.

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