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Iowa man shows up panhandlers with homemade sign

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 3:01 PM

He wants them to change — and for people not to give them any.

An Iowa man, Mike Pothoff, says two panhandlers rejected his job offer and instead continued begging for donations. So he created a sign of his own and stood next to them, attempting to show them up and urging people not to contribute.

“I said, ‘You’re hired,’ and they said, ‘we’re not from around here.’ I said, ‘Well, you’re here,’ and then they just smirked and turned around,” Pothoff told ABC affiliate WQAD-TV.

Mike Pothoff says the panhandlers rejected his job offer and instead continued asking for donations.WQAD8

Mike Pothoff says the panhandlers rejected his job offer and instead continued asking for donations.

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Michael Wooldridge posted an image on Facebook showing Mike Pothoff with his sign, standing next to the panhandlers.Michael Wooldridge Facebook

Michael Wooldridge posted an image on Facebook showing Mike Pothoff with his sign, standing next to the panhandlers.

Pothoff later saw the men panhandling again, begging for money at a Muscatine shopping center.

So he wrote on his yellow poster, “offered these guys a job, they said no, don’t give money” — and stood next to the panhandlers, promoting his own cause. Michael Wooldridge, who identified Pothoff as his uncle, posted an image on Facebook showing Pothoff standing beside the panhandlers. The post has been shared tens of thousands of times.

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Pothoff says he doesn’t have any problems with panhandlers, but it bothered him that the panhandlers scoffed at his offer. He also says the job offer still stands.

Mike Pothoff says it bothered him that the panhandlers would rather beg for donations than work.WQAD8

Mike Pothoff says it bothered him that the panhandlers would rather beg for donations than work.

“If they’re going to hold a sign out there and ask for money and say they’re homeless, I can hold a sign out there and say I offered these guys a job, don’t give them money,” he told WQAD-TV.

dgood@nydailynews.com

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