OMAHA, NE A man in Omaha, Nebraska fed up with people begging for money has a message for them: "Get a job."
Charles Logan now stands out on busy intersections with panhandlers holding up his own sign which reads "Get a job. Get a job."
“If you want money, go get a job and work for it,” Logan said, as cars raced by Tuesday afternoon.” Logan, who said he is retired from the military, explained he carries the sign in his car. When he see panhandlers around town, he often stops to stand on the corner with them.
He says he is moved to urge others to work after seeing his own son on the streets panhandling, asking strangers for money.
“That’s really what hurt me. Because I know that he didn’t have to do that. And a lot of people out here don’t have to do it,” Logan said.
Some panhandlers say its not so simple to get a job. “He has a sign that says, ‘get a job’, but he doesn’t know people’s struggles,” Charles Smith, one of the panhandlers said.
Smith said he is a single father, trying to pay rent and facing eviction from his apartment as he waits on a disability check.
“We all go through our personal struggles. Whether it be financial, physical, mental, emotional, and he doesn’t understand that,” Smith said.
Another panhandler at the intersection, Aaron Hansen, spoke of his own struggles with drug addiction. Hansen recently got out of jail and is homeless.
“I’m a college graduate. I was raised by very, very respectable parents. I’m a decent person, you know?” Hansen said, “It’s just a temporary thing, till I get back on my feet.”
Logan said he believes there are services that can help these panhandlers with housing and food. However, when asked why he would not go to a local homeless shelter for a meal, Hansen said there are “politics” at shelters.
No matter your opinion, Logan’s sign is drawing notice. Some support it, honking and exclaiming praise from their vehicles.
Though others, have acted out. According to police reports, in the month of August, a panhandler threw a drink at Logan. Another allegedly threatened him with a knife. On Tuesday, Logan reported to police a panhandler had sprayed him with mace.
Despite the violence, Logan says he isn't going anywhere. “This is my job. To tell them to get a job" "That is what American is built off of- people that work, not people that beg."