JUST RECEIVED THSI FROM ONE OF OUR OPERATIVES, KEEP UP THE GENTRIFICATION GUYS…..
Last Thursday amidst the morning snow shower our winter intern (a 20
y.o. OU junior) was accosted by an extraordinarily aggressive
panhandler on East Second Ave between High and Summit on her way into
our offices at 10AM.
He approached as she was walking from her apartment near Summit and
followed her to High St. He insisted that she give him money, up to
the point of forcing her to go to UDF to break a $20. He refused her
offer to buy him something from UDF, saying that he preferred White
Castle (!). She gave him $5 and was glad to be over the 15 minute
As a visitor in our neighborhood, I encouraged her to never give in to
panhandlers and always feel 100% comfortable ducking into any business
(minus maybe UDF) as a safe haven/refuge from unwanted advances.
She described him as a 6′ tall, 40 year old African American of medium
build. He said he had been released from prison five days prior.
No action needed, just wanted to relay the story to those who might be
keeping an eye out.
Best wishes for a happy holiday,
Short North Business Association
Columbus, Ohio 43201