Houston's Bustling Downtown Now Has Guides, Who Will Also Deal With Panhandlers & the Homeless

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The new downtown guides will also "discourage aggressive panhandling"
Downtown Houston has apparently been suffering a specific problem, and it's not that it looks like a ghost town after 5 p.m.

No, apparently the downtown area is filled with confused, overwhelmed tourists who can't figure out where they are or where all the attractions might be.

Of course, if you're looking for "all the attractions" in downtown Houston, you obviously have been going through life confused to begin with.

The apparent problem ends TODAY, after the Houston Downtown Management District's introduction of eight uniformed guides who will patrol the streets handing out advice and answers, most of which, we assume, will consist of "It's in the tunnel system."

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Also, the Guides, capital letter included, will seek to deter crimes by their mere presence.

"All Downtown Public Safety Guides receive special training in first aid, safety procedures, conflict management and customer relation," the district said.

Besides helping tourists and deterring crime, the district said the team will have at least two other functions: "discouraging aggressive panhandling" and "assisting the homeless population in distress by connecting them with social services."

Euphemism alert!

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