One woman is combating panhandlers in a unique way

One woman is combating panhandlers in a unique way
Painesville Township (Source: WOIO)
Painesville Township (Source: WOIO)

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - You may recall 19 Action News did a story about a band of panhandlers that claimed to be homeless and they were using a supermarket to set up shop.

And up until now little has been done to stop them, so one family is taking things into their own hands.

It is a rolling educational campaign, the brainchild of Tarisa Swango. The mom and grandmother got tired of seeing guys in various shopping plazas asking for money so they started fighting back.

"If they were actually homeless it'd be one thing, but they are lying to get this, to get money from other people. It is sad to see," said Swango.

Swango painted up her SUV with the facts: The guys aren't homeless. They don't want a helping hand, they want cash or gift cards.  She is also telling people that if they want the real story to check out stories on 19 Action News.

The response when we confronted them, "Get that camera outta my face."

They were not docile when confronted.

Swango can't just park the vehicle and leave it because she'd be on private property with a personal sign, just as they can't be on the plaza property.

To avoid arrest they stay on the right of way, Swango does her shopping and moves on and her moving billboard makes it's statement wherever she goes.

Will it make a difference, apparently not for law enforcement.  But for public awareness how can it not?

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