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Panhandling A Growing Problem In Odessa

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - The City of Odessa sees a rise.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - The City of Odessa sees a rise.

"Just about every corner by Walmart," said Brenda Rasmussen who has noticed a problem.

In recent weeks, more appeared.

"all the big major streets, I see them on," Rasmussen said.

Panhandlers in Odessa.

"I don't give them money, I will give them food because there's too many jobs available in Odessa," said Rasmussen.

Even in a booming economy, there's some begging for money.

"It is illegal to ask for money in the city limits of Odessa," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur.

Odessa police officials say, panhandling is one of the biggest problems in Odessa.

"I think there's a hell of a lot of work going on up here that really I don't know why you'd wanna do that," said Kim Vaught, who has also noticed the increase in panhandlers in Odessa.

Big 2 learned it's a scam full of people misrepresent themselves

The only time panhandling is legal, when a business owner decides it is okay on their property

Otherwise, panhandling near a street where they can bee seen, isn't. They can be fined.

"We're responding to these calls in response to citizens," LeSueur said.

But watch out, illegal or not, groups begging may be trying to scam you.

Not all panhandlers are in desperate need like you might think.

That creates a problem for those who really need it.

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