Fort Worth Targeting Aggressive Panhandlers [CBS]

By Andrea Lucia | January 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm

FORT WORTH (CBS11) – The Fort Worth City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a proposed law targeting aggressive panhandlers.

The ordinance would bar people soliciting money in a public place, from using threatening gestures, refusing to take “no” for an answer or intentionally blocking someone’s path.

It would also prohibit panhandling within 20 feet of an ATM or other places people are likely to be caught with their wallets out, including banks, check cashing businesses, parking meters and bus stations.

Anyone caught violating the ordinance would face a fine of up to $500.

Council member Cary Moon expects the measure to pass easily, but he doesn’t think it goes far enough.

“The panhandler isn’t going to pay that ticket. They’re not going to show up in court. It’s almost a futile citation for our police officers to give,” said Moon.

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