A police department’s message and photo about giving to panhandlers is going viral.

The Cheyenne, Wyoming police department posted on their Facebook page that they arrested a transient for public intoxication on July 22. They say it was a man who they’ve dealt with before.

They say the man collected $234.94 in just a few hours panhandling.

The police department’s message – rather than feeding someone’s alcohol addiction, you can donate directly to local charities, like a shelter there that helps the city’s homeless population in a much more effective way.

Yesterday, July 22, we arrested a transient for public intoxication. This is a person we frequently deal with, but we...

Posted by Cheyenne Police Department on Sunday, July 23, 2017