One time, a homeless person was panhandling at the train station in the remote parking lots at ORD
. I thought, "How did he get out here?"
First, he would have to get to ORD
, probably on the CTA
Blue Line. Then, he would have to make his way up to a terminal from the CTA
station, and then up to the walkway over the access road. Then, he would have to go down to the airport train and ride out to remote parking.
While the City of Chicago can't keep people from hanging out at ORD
, the days of where people could solicit from passengers are long gone, whether it's homeless people or employees of a not-for-profit group. ORD
is just too crowded.
But, I wondered if remote parking was such a good place to panhandle. People are either intent on catching a train to their terminal, probably after driving around for some time trying to find a decent parking spot, while pulling or carrying a bag. Or they are fumbling for keys and money while pulling or carrying a bag and looking for their cars.
I only saw that once, and I assume that either the City "encouraged" him to move elsewhere, or he discovered that people who are about to pay for parking aren't in the mood to hand out money.