posted on Oct, 3 2014 @ 09:48 AM
I want to thank you all for your comments, suggestions and criticisms.
I didn't mention it before, but there are some restrictions by city ordinance as to where and how a person is
allowed to panhandle.
Chapter 27 Article VII
Section 27- 150 Soliciting funds in city streets
(a) No person shall solicit funds for any purpose when the person requesting such funds must go into the travel portion of the roadway ( including
medians and pedestrian walk zones) to obtain the funders solicited.
(b) No person shall block or interfere with the normal progress of traffic in order to solicit funds for any purpose.
Section 27- 151 Aggressive solicitation prohibited
No person shall aggressively solicit the donation of funds from any person in a public area, intercity transit bus or bus stop; within 15 feet of the
entrance to any bank, credit union, check cashing business or automated teller machine.
Basically, they're saying that you can't be washing windows at stoplights or standing on the sidewalk begging for spare change. All you can legally do
is stand in a reasonably safe distance off the road and take whatever people offer as they pass by. Violating this ordinance can result in a fine up
to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.
This is it very reasonable solution to an ongoing situation and other cities have actually considered adopting similar ordinances.
I needed money and I took advantage of an option that was available. This is by no means a career choice and I don't intend to continue. Would I ever
do it again? You betcha.
edit on 10/3/2014 by N3k9Ni because: typo