Wyoming police Facebook post warning people about panhandlers draws support, criticism

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (WSYR-TV) - A Facebook post by a Wyoming police department cautioning people about giving money to panhandlers is making waves in the state’s capital.

The Cheyenne Police Department’s post had more than 42,300 shares and 31,000 reactions less than a week after it was posted.

Police posted a picture o f $234.94 they recovered from a “transient for public intoxication.”

According to police, the suspect is “a person they deal with frequently,” and the money had been collected in “just a few hours.”

Among the more than 7,000 responses were comments both supporting and criticizing the post by the police.

One commenter, Dawn Barela, said, “ Just when I think this place can't get any more backward. I will give MY money to whoever I please. You're seriously telling us, like we're children, how we should treat people?”

Numerous other comments supported the police.

“I can't believe how bad the backlash is. Seriously these people are scammers this is their job, their lifestyle,” Diana Smith said.

Click here to see the comments in their entirety on the department’s Facebook page.

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