(Meredith) – A Florida man decided to stand near a busy intersection on Sunday to expose a panhandler who turned down a job offer.
Ryan Bray said he saw a homeless man begging for money on the side of the road in Bradenton, about 46 miles south of Tampa. When the panhandler approached his car, Bray offered him $15 an hour to do yard work, the Bradenton Herald reported.
“He said, ‘Absolutely not, I’m not doing that,’” Bray told the newspaper. “I didn’t give him any money and rolled up my window and he kicked my tire.”
Later that day, Bray returned to the intersection with a sign that read: "I offered him $15 an hour to do yard work for me, and he refused. If we as a community stop paying them, they will leave our neighborhood!"
He reportedly stood at the intersection for three hours and shadowed the homeless man, who asked only to be identified as “Alabama.” Things escalated, and police were eventually called to the scene.
"I never had no trouble until this dude shows up,” Alabama told WFTS-TV. “Just because he's got money, don't mean as homeless people, we don't have rights."
Bray said that he “understands the plight of homelessness,” but he wants the city to pass stricter ordinances against panhandling.
The Bradenton City Council is expected to address the topic during a meeting on July 24, according to WTVT-TV.