UPDATE: City of Sioux Falls(?) finally addressing panhandlers?

UPDATE: The sign was gone this morning and must have been removed last night. Me thinks someone wasn’t quite following the rules.

Imagine my surprise today while driving down Cliff at the intersection of 14th Street when I saw the traffic sign below, which read in 3 frames; GIVE TO . . . CHARITY . . . NOT TO PANHANDLERS.

At first I thought this may be the handy work of the city, but I am not sure, there wasn’t much info from the sign itself. If it is the city, I guess I should say ‘thanks’ for finally doing something, but this wasn’t my suggestion, I said to put in permanent signage at the intersections informing motorists it is illegal to impede traffic while handing money out the window with the listed ordinance and fine.

I’m also not even sure if this is following sign code, even if the city put it up. Also, what is it costing taxpayers? If this was a private political donation of sorts, shouldn’t there be a disclaimer?

If the city truly did this (it is on city bike trail property) it would be nice if the mayor or the part-time mayor, Beck, at least put out a press release about it.

While I applaud the administration for possibly doing this, I continue to be baffled by the way these things are done. Cruise control government at it’s finest.

Maybe they should put a Girl Scout cookie stand next to it?



5 comments ↓

#1 Name thankfully no longer in quotes on 05.12.21 at 9:52 pm

You’ve got to be the most unhappy SOB in Sioux Falls. They didn’t do EXACTLY as you think should be done, so it sucks. I bet if you had nothing to bitch about, you’d bitch about that. Have you ever considered talking to a professional about your anger issues? It might do you a lot of good.

#2 l3wis on 05.12.21 at 11:00 pm

Maybe we can get a group rate?

#3 "Woodstock" on 05.12.21 at 11:37 pm

“Oh, great!”… “The anti-quotation boy is back”…. “Let me guess, he finally paid his cable bill so he’s back on line again”…. (“I’ll never forget how he initially showed up when MP ‘left’ for a while to get Alex elected with the help of a $100,000″…)

#4 D@ily Spin on 05.13.21 at 8:24 am

Some panhandlers are not that hard up but most need help. Charities take 75% for management and overhead. What you give doesn’t reach. Giving directly is good but not at intersections. I was disgusted that ‘The Banquet’ built an expensive office on the west side. Other organizations in the 8th Street area seem to privately do a good job. Instead of posting signs on public property, how about city assistance?

#5 D@ily Spin on 05.14.21 at 8:32 am

I am not a bot. Pick the images with traffic lights.