"I just had my second encounter with the most aggressive panhandler in Uptown... and she's like 100 years old! She got me a couple years ago in front of El Pollo Loco and again today at Wilson and Broadway. Her m.o. is, she comes up to the car, all 4-foot-10 of her, and bangs on the passenger window with her fist and tells me she needs money. I tell her no (feeling horrible because, you know, she's a little old lady).
Then she bangs harder, so hard that I'm afraid she's going to break my car window. I tell her no, more firmly, and pull the car up a few feet. Then she chases me down (damn red light!), grabs onto the door handle of my car and won't let go! All the time she's hanging onto the car, and she's shrieking, "Come on, let me in, I NEED MONEY!"
The light changes to green, and all the cars behind me are honking, and I can't drive off because I've got a hundred-year-old panhandler glued onto my passenger door screaming at me, and I'm yelling back that she needs to let go. I should have called the cops, but I was so completely freaked out that I didn't think of it until I got home.
I love Uptown for a lot of reasons, but this 'lady' was just bizarre, even for here. The first time I felt really guilty afterward because she's an old lady, but twice with the hanging onto my car and screaming at me? Too crazy."
We encourage all readers and business owners who can, to attend the panhandling seminar tomorrow morning to learn how to handle these kinds of situations.