Police make example of ‘homeless’ man begging with $800 in pockets

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Photo of $800 found in a homeless man's pockets. (From the Slidell Police Department)

Photo of $800 found in a homeless man's pockets. (From the Slidell Police Department)

SLIDELL, La. -- The police department in Slidell, Louisiana tackled the issue of homelessness on their Facebook page last week in a very unapologetic way, highlighting a specific incident that happened.

"Transients, also known as beggars or homeless, are often a hot topic of debate for Slidell residents. There are people who feel these individuals all need to be arrested. Some feel they should offer help," the post reads. "Literally, every day, someone either calls Slidell Police or sends us a message on Facebook asking us to do something about this problem."

The post describes a man, 59-year-old Franklin Jones, who reportedly begs at the intersection of Gause and Interstate 10, according to WGNO. Police can't arrest Jones because begging isn't a crime. But on May 21, Jones was spotted stumbling into the road, urinating on the side of the road and he allegedly stole a shopping cart, police said.

Upon his arrest, police found over $800 in his pockets.

Here's an excerpt from the post:

We continue to offer help, but when you can make $800 in less than a week by “begging”, some people say, “Why get a real job?” We’ve found jobs for people. We’ve offered assistance by bringing some of these individuals to rehab facilities. Bottom line is, it’s up to the individual person if they want help or not. All we can do is guide them in the right direction. We can’t force people to do things...

Slidell Police does their best to address these issues by following the letter of the law and ensuring that no one’s rights are violated. There is no easy solution to this problem, and quite frankly, it is a much bigger and deeper issue than a strictly a police matter. We hope this sheds some light for our Slidell residents and hopefully answered any questions or concerns about this issue.

Some responded in support of the post, while others blasted police for publicly shaming the man.

11 comments

  • dapandico

    Special snowflakes for rutt burt over “the shaming”, they could offer him a place to live.

  • Matt Todd

    So they found him with $800 in his pockets. They convienently left out the fact that they dont know if it was over the course of 1 week or several months. I mean really. Include more information if your going to do an article

    • JOHN SMITH

      Whether over the course of 1 week or several months he had more money in his pocket than 99% of the people he was asking for more money.

  • bob

    I’ve personally watched “homeless” in Salt Lake being dropped off at their designated spots by a passenger van,and being picked up again at the end of their shifts. I’ve seen different “homeless” using the same dog, or the same child, to advertise. I’ve seen them texting on expensive smart phones. I’ve bought meals for “homeless” begging for food and then watched from afar as they throw the food away without taking a bite.

    If you want to help the genuinely homeless, there are options that don’t require paying scam artists. $800 a week? Many of them clear more than that in a DAY. They make far more money than the people who are giving it to them.

    • Cameo Glass

      I’ve seen homeless people being dropped off for their begging shifts as well. I’ve seen the same pair begging on the same few corners for a couple of years now. When someone is begging year after year they aren’t asking for help until they get a job and get on their feet. The begging has become their job. I feel the root issue for many of the panhandlers is drug addiction and they need more that my pocket change to deal with that. I don’t give to panhandlers because I feel giving to the United Way or other organizations is much more useful.

    • Brian

      There was a lady that begged every single day on the west I-215 northbound off ramp at 4700 S. Her sign said, “Just need a few more dollars for bus fare to get home.” I don’t work at the same place anymore, so I don’t know if she still hangs out there in the afternoons. I was shocked at how many people gave her money as they drove past.

    • JOHN SMITH

      “Jones was spotted stumbling into the road, urinating on the side of the road and he allegedly stole a shopping cart, police said”. Instead of buying alcohol perhaps this man should have considered using his money to buy food.

  • Roger Smith

    People who beg are not the problem, suckers that give them money are. So leave this man alone. It us not his fault there are a bunch of idiots in this world that still believe in humanity.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      The good and decent people “in this world that still believe in humanity” aren’t the problem. They are smart enough to donate directly to organizations like the Ronald McDonald House where their money doesn’t go to buy booze or drugs.

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