Police in Wyoming say panhandler collected close to $235 in a few hours

Police in Wyoming have a message to anyone who gives money to transients. (Cheyenne Police Department)

The Cheyenne, Wyo. Police Department has a message to anyone thinking about giving a transient cash: donate it to charity instead.

According to a Facebook post published over the weekend, police arrested a person frequently on their radar.

"This person collected $234.94 in just a few hours of asking for money," the post reads.

The photo attached to the post shows the cash spread out on a table.

"Rather than feeding someone's alcohol addiction, you can donate directly to local charities such as the Comea Shelter where your money will assist the homeless in a much more effective way."

The person who collected the money was arrested for public intoxication.

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