A notorious beggar who confronts people in car parks demanding a pound for his bus fare has been doing it for years, according to Examiner readers.
The man, who has been named on social media, is said to have started out asking for 50p as long as 10 years ago.
Inflation has meant he’s upped his demands to at least £1 – and he has earned himself the nickname Pound Man.
He’s said to be intimidating as he approaches people – often women on their own – as they reach their cars.
He then asks for £1 towards his bus fare to Leeds or York, or claims that his partner is about to give birth in hospital.
He’s been spotted at Sainsbury’s Shorehead store in Huddersfield, Tesco Extra and Asda in Batley, Sainsbury’s and Next in Dewsbury and Morrison’s in Heckmondwike.
He’s also said to hang around in the car park at Dewsbury District Hospital and the Sainsbury’s Local store in nearby Halifax Road, Staincliffe.
On the Examiner’s Facebook page dozens of readers said they had seen him.
Graham Rickett wrote: “There was a guy touting for bus fare to get home to Leeds in Morrison’s car park in Heckmondwike a couple of weeks ago. I saw him later with a bottle of booze sat by the bowling green.”
Rachel Hemmins said: “He’s approached an elderly couple in the hospital car park, very intimidating and when the lady gave him a few quid he had the cheek to ask for more.
“My colleague told him it was inappropriate and he moved on. He’s approached me outside Sainsbury’s Local, Staincliffe. Always the same story!”
Lisa Hutchinson said Pound Man had been around for a decade or more. She wrote: “This man has done this for years. When I first started working for Next in Dewsbury 10 years ago he was doing this for 50p and did it for the full five years I worked there.”
Emma Mcilwrick said: “Not sure if this is the guy or not but recently got stopped at Shorehead Sainsbury’s. He was asking everyone for £1 as they returned their trolley saying he’d broken down and was needing to get the bus to Manchester.
“Really quite intimidating, and some people almost felt obliged with their £1 in their hand.
“He said that he’d asked security and they were aware but I reported him to security and he soon scarpered.”
Jane Steven Harry Stubley said: “What’s scary is he’s targeting the more elderly members of our society now as they are frightened of saying no to him.
“I’ve actually seen them handing notes over!”
While some people see Pound Man as threatening at worst and a nuisance at best, others see the funny side and reckon he’s just a cheeky beggar.
Elliot Day joked: “He’s much easier to deal with than his mate 99p Man. The change I have to carry when he’s on duty!”
Others had good advice for dealing with beggars. Elizabeth Bower said: “I’m never hassled by beggars. I say “NO” in a firm tone of voice and walk away.”
Anyone with information on Pound Man should ring police on 101.