Gimmicks

BE CAREFUL ABOUT this guy who is often found in the area between Farragut Square and Foggy Bottom and uses a variety of costume gimmicks — sometimes he’s the “out-of-work construction worker”, sometimes the “flower seller”, and a friend who works nearby swears she once saw him in some kind of lab coat. There’s also another guy who quietly hangs out near him and sometimes talks with him.

I don’t know how successful he is as a panhandler, considering he keeps up a constant stream of cursing and invective at everyone passing, but especially getting up close to women and bothering them. The picture I took below shows a woman passing him after having to hold up her phone and pointedly ignore his bellowing at her. I know he can be a real danger because my aforementioned friend once responded to him instead of ignoring him and he grabbed her and kissed her on the lips while she shoved him away. I don’t know what to do about this dude!

Submitted by anonymous on 9/23/2010

Location: 20th St. & Pennsylvania Av. NW

Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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3 responses to “Gimmicks

  1. Grabbing and kissing someone without their consent is a sexual assault. I would call the cops if it happens again.

  2. This guy has been around for a while. I used to work in the offices across the street from the 18th st entrance to Farragut West and he was there over a year ago. One time he was both a flower seller AND an out of work construction guy. He wanted me to buy a flower for $2. I gave him the $1 I had and told him to keep the flower and then he started yelling at me. I just walked away. What a jerk.

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