The owner of a Michigan auto dealership took matters to the next level after a panhandler turned down the businessman’s offer of a well-paying full-time job.
He warned the public against giving the lazy bum any money — and the public loved it.
A Honda dealer located in Brighton, a suburb of Detroit, took pity on what he thought was a poor panhandler and offered him a job paying $10 an hour — $2.75 more than the federal minimum wage.
But he turned his nose up at the offer and said he could make more than that by begging for it.
So the dealer made a public service announcement in the form of a sign placed under the hood of a car..
“Please do not give anything to this panhandler,” the sign said. “We offered him a full-time job at $10 per hour. He said, ‘I make more than any of you,’ and he did not want the job. Please donate to a more worthy cause.”
Although employees at the dealership declined to comment on camera, others weren’t so reticent.
“It’s a scam,” Brighton resident Dan Golem said, according to WDIV Detroit. “People like me, people like you, we’re working trying to provide for our families, and they’re just standing there.”
He added that the pair — apparently a father and son — had been working that area for a year and a half with signs saying, “Homeless, please help.”
“At first, you feel bad for them,” Golem said. “But then it’s day after day, week after week.”
Felicia Tubbs, who works at the Shell Gas Station across the street, agreed.
“I don’t like them standing there,” Tubbs said. “No one else does, either. I think it’s great that the dealership put some effort into trying to get rid of them.”
Police got involved Tuesday and the duo was arrested. Tubbs said she saw the same men back at it shortly afterward. She said she snapped the picture of the men with a new sign that reads, “You can’t afford a one-bedroom apartment on $10 per hour.” The other one reads, “The median income in Livingston County is $70,000.”
Michigan State Police troopers said two people were arrested for vagrancy and disorderly conduct. Their names weren’t released because they haven’t been arraigned.
The sign at the dealership has since been removed.
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