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Weaverville man holds up sign to discourage panhandling

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 07:29:41 PM CDT
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. -

Military veteran Aaron Spurlock, fed up with the panhandlers in Weaverville, decided to take matters into his own hands.

Spurlock has been standing in front of Tops shopping center in Weaverville holding a sign that says, "Not broke, have a job, just saying hi."

Several people have been giving Spurlock a thumbs up.

He says that every time he goes shopping at the shopping center he sees panhandlers.

"They're out there smoking marijuana and for something like that, to me, it puts a downside on this community," Spurlock said.

He has finally had enough and has decided to send a message to the panhandlers in hopes that his sign will make a difference.

Spurlock said the sign is not meant to mock anyone. He said he understands that there are people out there who really need the help, but there are also those who do not and he said there is plenty of opportunity around.

Those in the area appear to agree with him, many of them voice their support of his sign and pictures of him holding it have been circulating on Facebook.

Spurlock said he plans to outside of the shopping center from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and hopes that it will make a difference.