DALLAS (KRLD) – Panhandlers, or homeless people harrassing others for money, have been a growing problem in Dallas. A social media account is now putting the spotlight on those people.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Tello Hernandez Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge Following Fatal Crash
The Twitter account ‘Clean Up Downtown’ shares pictures and videos people snap of the homeless. Often the tweets tag the Dallas police, and use the hashtag “enforce”.
Critics say the account is putting the homeless on blast, and feel like it’s inhumane. “Being homeless is already hard to deal with,” says Niecee X, founder of Black eiomen’s Defense League. “To have people more concerned about being bothered than concerned with helping, that’s a problem for me. It shows the degeneration of our society the way that anybody would think this is okay.”
Others say as downtown Dallas continues to welcome new residents and businesses, the panhandlers’ aggressive behavior presents a safety hazard. Wildcat Management and Farmers Market Stakeholders Association president Tanya Regan said, “People should feel like they can safely walk out their door without being assaulted. I think the pictures and documentation on this Twitter account are coming from a place of extreme frustration.”READ MORE: Homeowner Terry Duane Turner Charged In Slaying Of Motorist Adil Dghoughi In His Driveway
Regan says people should come downtown and see the effect panhandlers have on the community. “It’s not about shaming people, at all,” she says. “It’s about educating the public and spreading awareness.”
Some Dallas businesses have already taken steps to protect customers from these confrontations. Last month 7-Eleven brought on additional overnight security to 10 area locations.
Clean Up Downtown has tweeted that they aren’t against the homeless, only those who “terrorize” businesses and residents.
The account says its goal is to bring awareness, not shame.MORE NEWS: Dallas Neighborhood Crime Spike Has Many Questioning, 'Is Uptown Going Downhill?'
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