Someone has got to do something about the endless soliciting going on in front of Hesperia grocery stores. It used to be just a terrible aggravation, but it became more than that after my 9 year old child was singled out in front of Stater Brothers at Maple/Main for a donation to a supposed homeless shelter. He looked in his hand at his quarter and nearly gave it away before I put an immediate stop to it.


As a single and very under-employed parent, I have become outraged when asked for money going in and out of the grocery store. I feel that myself, and all Hesperians, should be able to walk in and out of the Stater Brothers market without being solicited for money.


I also question the legitimacy of the so-called charities. Recently, a family member was in need of shelter and was turned away from every place we called, and we found no homeless shelter exists in the Victor Valley for women and children that are accepting any people. Yet, donations are being solicited for a supposed woman's homeless shelter. When I asked about the supposed shelter, I was told, indeed, there was no shelter, but that the man was "trying to open one". Well, it's going to take more than a bucket of change from Stater Brothers customers to open and maintain a homeless shelter in the Victor Valley.


After calling city officials and Stater Brothers management, the soliciting continues nonstop. Therefore, I will be shopping elsewhere just to avoid the nuisance. I really don't need the added aggravation.