Have you ever been at an ATM or sitting in your car at a red light and approached by a panhandler asking for change? That could soon change…
SacBee.com says that a revamped city code prohibiting hostile panhandling in certain places is under consideration by the City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee. The new code would make hostile panhandling prohibited
- within 35 feet of ATMs, at gas stations, along roadway medians
- within 50 feet of public transit stops
- within 200 feet of an intersection
- within 35 feet of a driveway accessing a shopping center
The new code would make it a misdemeanor if a person is cited twice for the same offense within a 6-month period. The article says that it’s currently just an infraction.
Read more about the new aggressive panhandling code HERE.
Do YOU think stiffening the penalty for aggressive panhandling will make a difference?