Saturday between 5:30 and 8 pm we ran into the same panhander 3 times. The first time was in the Madison Market garage. By the time we finished there, we saw him going into the Trader Joe’s garage. Awhile later he was down on 21st and Union and tried to hit us up again.
Then yesterday about 4 pm, Monday, there was a door to door scammer (I guess) saying he was collecting money for a girls’ service project for Washington Middle School . He had some magazines, City Arts I think, and a ten dollar bill. The rap went something like: you don’t reconize me because I cut off my dreds, (his head was shaved), your neighbor across the street is contributing, blah blah blah (more fast talk). I said I don’t give money to people at the door, but tell me where the organization is based. More fast talk. He asked for 21 cents and then 1 cent. Then he took off across the street.
Just to let you know.
He came to my door a few months ago. Bald guy with magazines talking super fast about helping WMS kids do a community clean up and he was asking for donations to buy trash bags. Blah, blah, blah…
We had a couple appear at our door on Sunday trying a similar scheme….accept they had seattle Child’s magazine and Garfield, the community center and Ezell’s were their backers. The woman was blond with literally no teeth and the guy had a cane. When I interrupted her to say I wasn’t giving them any money, she said ok and the two of them moved on to the neighbors with no incident.