Saturday, December 13, 2014
Local Crackpot and the Marion County Panhandlers
Our local crackpot, a frumpy old coot with a head of wooly white hair, stands on this corner frequently, holding signs with anti-Obama screeds. He's also big on stopping "foreign trade" which he believes will be American's "downfall". And he loves "the troops."
Sometimes he'll walk along cars stopped for a red light and try to sell small American flags.
He looks to be in his 80s, and lives in a beat-up old trailer some 100 yards north of the intersection where his lot and trailer are plastered with similar signs.
But the signs on the fence, which are just a few feet from where he's standing in the first photo and which I have not seen before, have two new concerns: "Help the Salvation Army," and "Marion County Panhandlers."
It's the latter I find amusing for often there will be several panhandlers begging for money on this corner. The police chase them off as they are thought to be a nuisance and a distraction to drivers trying negotiate the heavy traffic. As I recall, the county commission passed an ordinance which forbids begging here precisely because of the amount of traffic.
But who are the Marion County Panhandlers? Do the panhandlers in Marion County now have a union? And if they don't get enough money from the public do they go on strike against the public? How would that work? It's all very confusing!