People to Avoid, San Francisco

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    Although not necessarily a danger...

    by Cabana_Boy Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Although not necessarily a danger, San Francisco has perhaps the largest population of homeless people in any U.S. city. By and large, the homeless people really don't even beg for change...they are just there on the streets hanging out, sleeping in doorsteps, under benches and in the parks... As a result the funky stench of urine can often be smelled throughout the city.

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    Homeless population

    by Jeannette1 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Unfortunately , there are lots of homeless people in San Francisco and many pan-handlers. They are not dangerous, just annoying at times.
    It's better if you answer them and say "no" in a friendly manner than just ignoring them as if they were invisible.

    Homless person

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    Homeless on Market Street...

    by voxel999 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Homeless on Market Street between Van Ness to 3rd street and the Tenderloin after dark. Generally they are safe and only beg or play outdoor chess(see them at Powell St.), but some are truly drugged out and can get violent. If you don't provoke them - by insulting them, you should be OK. I've seen homeless attack each other at night and with bloodshed, but never tourists or bystanders.

    The Tenderloin is not as bad as others make it, it even has nice restaurants and good hotels, just don't look like you have money to lose after dark.

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    by sexybuterfly Written Aug 26, 2002

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  • Don't give money to the...

    by EMSBIKER Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Don't give money to the homeless, everyone here has one angle or another, whereas, there are few true hard times cases, most are looking for a quick hand out. Besides, you will go broke if you give everyone you encounter 'spare change', there are just too many beggars for that.

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  • There are TONS of bums asking...

    by Sxybreezy304 Written Aug 25, 2002

    There are TONS of bums asking for money everywhere. There's some craaaaaaaaaaaazy drunks/drug addicts just drinkin n smokin weed on the streets. My friends and I had quite an experience with a drunk bum, his 40, radio and the trolley tracks. They're pretty interesting!

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  • Be aware of possible scams...

    by marcmalano Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Be aware of possible scams against tourists. We were approached on the street near Pier 39 by someone who first appeared to represent a city tourism agency, quickly flashed some kind of ID, and asked where we were from and how we were enjoying San Francisco. He then pased us a clipboard like it was a guest book, but turned out to then solicit money to feed orphans. This may have been legitimate, but the approach seemed like a scam and we declined... Suggest you research any organization before you give them any cash and avoid ever opening your wallet on the street.

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  • on the powell street there're...

    by derrick1218 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    on the powell street there're many stores sell radios tv sets and cd players....
    some of the employees are bad mannered
    my friends and I have been kicked out of the store just because we looked around without buying anything...

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    by ROCKARIA Written Feb 9, 2005

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    The S.F.C. Police department officers are so polite and friendly that they even offered to pose for this photo!

    S.F.P.D. Posing for me!

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    May 24, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    P.s. dont give them money. If u do they will never go,away

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    May 24, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    As someone who moved to sf for a job, lost that job end end up homeless for several,months,before f o nding a job in fishermans whaf where I have been for six years now. Let me tell u something. Just like every other society there are levels of homeless. There are the people like me who u never,knew were homeless. Never ask anyone for a penny and are out busting their butts all day trying to fix their situations. Guess what, there are so many recourses here,for the street people that they dont need to beg. They eat better than i do now as every day but Sunday u can get a minimum of three decent meals a day. Most places will let u go back for 2nds or 3rds. There are many places one can go for assistance as well. For housing, etc.

    That beng said. i also live in the Tenderloin. Most of them are NOT aggressive. Most keep to themselves. I feel safer there than i do in Fishermans wharf where they get more dangerous by the month. Recently had a homeless person run up to one of my hotel guests and start beating him witha baseball bat for no reason. Thats right. Now with most of them..yrs completely ignore them and pretend like they are invisible. However u have a few that will harrass you no matter what! Dont be a stupid tourist. Be wary of everything that u see. If u want to come to SF. No matter where in the city you go, you will most likely have some sort of a run in withtrue homeless and the non homelss scammers. The Marina is more saf,than the Wharf, but it too has its problems. If u want to avoid certain people, um..well u wont unless you don't come here at all

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