Police make example of ‘homeless’ man begging with $800 in pockets

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Photo of $800 found in a homeless man's pockets. (From the Slidell Police Department)

Photo of $800 found in a homeless man's pockets. (From the Slidell Police Department)

SLIDELL, La. -- The police department in Slidell, Louisiana tackled the issue of homelessness on their Facebook page last week in a very unapologetic way, highlighting a specific incident that happened this week.

"Transients, also known as beggars or homeless, are often a hot topic of debate for Slidell residents. There are people who feel these individuals all need to be arrested. Some feel they should offer help," the post reads. "Literally, every day, someone either calls Slidell Police or sends us a message on Facebook asking us to do something about this problem."

The post describes a man, 59-year-old Franklin Jones, who reportedly begs at the intersection of Gause and Interstate 10, according to WGNO. Police can't arrest Jones because begging isn't a crime. But on May 21, Jones was spotted stumbling into the road, urinating on the side of the road and he allegedly stole a shopping cart, police said.

Upon his arrest, police found over $800 in his pockets.

Here's an excerpt from the post:

We continue to offer help, but when you can make $800 in less than a week by “begging”, some people say, “Why get a real job?” We’ve found jobs for people. We’ve offered assistance by bringing some of these individuals to rehab facilities. Bottom line is, it’s up to the individual person if they want help or not. All we can do is guide them in the right direction. We can’t force people to do things...

Slidell Police does their best to address these issues by following the letter of the law and ensuring that no one’s rights are violated. There is no easy solution to this problem, and quite frankly, it is a much bigger and deeper issue than a strictly a police matter. We hope this sheds some light for our Slidell residents and hopefully answered any questions or concerns about this issue.

Some responded in support of the post, while others blasted police for publicly shaming the man.

The full post is shown below:

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4 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    Damn, well tomorrow I will be quitting my job! Gonna hit up goodwill for some clothing and get me a coffee can and hit the streets! Come on big bucks!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous

    Did anybody stop and think about it.? What if this was all he had saved up for a year or longer trying to get enough together for a down payment and first months rent for a HOME? hmmm

    • MuddyG

      Your comment makes little sense. If he has to save for a year (for example) to accumulate the first month’s rent, how do you propose he is going to pay the SECOND month’s rent?