Congratulations Sunnyside, you've reached another milestone. The city is now big enough to attract bums and beggars to our streets, mainly in front of the Sunnyside Wal-Mart.
You know you've finally made it when the bums start showing up. Now we not only have a crime rate that belongs in a city three times our size and a city government in chaos, we now also have beggars that fly signs detailing their misery and how they want to work for just a little bit of food.
Just for fun, talk to one of them and tell them you have work for them clearing debris from your property. Then, just sit back and watch them backpedal their way out of it. It's pathetic, really. It's not that they can't work, it's that they won't.
Sunnyside is lucky because right now there is only a few of these beggars flying their signs. This is good because they can be dealt with. The way to get rid of the people is to not reward them for their behavior.
I don't want to sound mean spirited but I just don't think it's a good thing to have beggars panhandling the local residents. If people want to help them, then by all means do. I just think there are ways to give help without giving them money.
That's the key right there. Refuse to give them any money and they'll soon go away. Word will pass that Sunnyside is full of 'Cheap Charlies' and more won't come to follow those already here.
If one feels they must help these people, which is a very noble thing to do, then help them by pointing out where the nearest food bank is.
Or, help them out by pointing them to the nearest church. DSHS is also a good place to go if a person has no money to eat.
Like I said, I don't want to sound mean spirited but I don't what these people do with their money. They spend it on booze or drugs. It boils my blood for a person to lie about their true motives, grab the cash and then drink it away. If you really want to help these people, drive them to the nearest AA meeting.
When you go camping you are encouraged to not feed the bears. Well Sunnyside, don't feed the beggars.