Panhandler Refuses to Work for Money, Gets Surprise of His Life


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The panhandler got what was deserved…

Ryan Bray informed WTVT-TV that he had recently been in his car at an intersection in Bradenton, Florida when he was approached for money by a panhandler.

“He reached his arms inside my vehicle, resting them and said, ‘Hey, do you have any money?’ I said, ‘No, but I have one better for you…'” Bray told the station.

Meaning Bray — who works for Bray Remodeling, his family’s business — offered the panhandler work for money as opposed to a handout: $15 an hour to do yard work, WTVT said.

Bray told the station the panhandler didn’t take too kindly to his offer.

“He said, ‘Absolutely not,'” Bray recalled to WTVT. “Started getting belligerent and cursing.”

He added to the station that the panhandler kicked his Jeep and told him to leave.

So last week, with a WTVT journalist in tow, Bray returned to the exchange scene — the intersection of 75th Street W and Manatee Avenue W.

Bray kept his own sign aloft to boot: “I offered him $15 an hour to do yard work for me and he refused. If we as a community stop paying them, they will leave our neighborhood.”

What’s more, Bray identified the very panhandler who got angry at his offer to do work in exchange for money — and as before, the panhandler wasn’t too happy. 

WTVT said the transient confronted Bray, claiming he did nothing wrong.

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The station said the panhandler used foul language as Bray stood near — but still managed to get money from at least one driver.

“You can’t shut me down, brother,” the panhandler was heard saying after his panhandling victory.

Bray told WTVT if drivers stop handing cash through their cracked windows, panhandlers will leave.

“I can’t have my 13-year-old daughter and my wife driving with their windows up and being berated the entire time if [panhandlers] don’t get money,” he noted to the station, adding that he hopes panhandlers will want a hand up more than a handout.

The Bradenton City Council is expected to bring up the topic of panhandling on Wednesday.

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