He wanted to help a guy begging for money by the side of the road. He even offered him a job for $15/hour to do chores around his home. There’s just one problem— the panhandler didn’t want to work for the money he asked perfect strangers for, he just wanted them to give it to him.

FOX 13’s Kimberly Kuizon joined Ryan Bray, of Bray Remodeling, as he stood at the intersection of 75th Street W and Manatee Avenue W, holding a sign to warn drivers not to give panhandlers cash. During the interview, the transient man – identified by Bray as the one who rejected his offer for help – approached and confronted Bray, claiming he did nothing wrong.

Bray, who works for his family’s remodeling business, said he has seen the same group of panhandlers at the intersection before and wanted to do more than hand out a temporary solution, so he offered one of the men a job: $15 an hour to do yard work, plus help to get off the streets.

“He reached his arms inside my vehicle, resting them and said, ‘Hey, do you have any money?’ I said, ‘No, but I have one better for you…” He said, ‘Absolutely not.’ Started getting belligerent and cursing,” he said.

Bray said the panhandler kicked his Jeep and told him to leave.

That’s when Bray decided to warn others. He believes if drivers stop handing cash through their cracked windows, panhandlers will leave.

“I offered him $15 an hour to do yard work for me and he refused. If we as a community stop paying them, they will leave our neighborhood,” Bray wrote on a piece of poster board.


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