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Branson cracking down on panhandling

September 10, 2019


TARGETING E-B-T CARD HOLDERS. SCAMMERS ARE SENDING INDIVIDUALS TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS OR CALLING THEM AND REQUESTING E-B-T CARD NUMBERS AND PERSONAL PIN NUMBERS IN AN ATTEMPT TO ACCESS FOOD STAMPS AND TEMPORARY ASSISSTANCE BENEFITS. THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES SAYS TO NOT RESPOND TO THESE REQUESTS AND TO NEVER SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH ANYONE. DAVID AROUND THE OZARKS… DAVID YOU MAY HAVE SEEN SIGNS LIKE *THIS*…POSTED AROUND THE CITY OF BRANSON OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS. THEY SAY, “DON’T SUPPORT PANHANDLING.” IT’S A PART OF A CITYWIDE EFFORT TO STOP PEOPLE ASKING FOR MONEY ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. WE SPOKE TO BRANSON POLICE CHIEF — JEFF MATTHEWS — TODAY, WHO SAYS IF YOU WANT TO HELP SOMEONE AT A CORNER, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO DO SO. THE SIGNS ALSO SAY, YOU CAN HELP BY GIVING TO A LOCAL CHARITY. THE IDEA IS TO FUNNEL THE MONEY THROUGH AN ORGANIZATION, AND GET PEOPLE HELP WITH SHELTER, JOB TRAINING, OR FOOD. MATTHEWS SAYS PANHANDLING IS ILLEGAL — AND ALSO A SAFETY ISSUE, WHEN PEDESTRIANS GET ONTO THE STREET. JEFF MATTHEWS BRANSON POLICE CHIEF “THE COURTS HAVE TOLD US THAT IS A 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHT. WE CAN’T ADDRESS THE SIGNAGE. AND WE CAN’T ADDRESS THE STANDING ON THE STREET CORNERS. BUT WHAT WE CAN ADDRESS AT THIS POINT IS, THE WALKING INTO THE ROADWAY FOR THE SOLICITATION PURPOSES. DAVID THE SIGNS ARE ONE ASPECT OF A MULTI PHASED PROJECT. MATTHEWS SAYS THEY HAVE *NOT* CAUSED A BIG CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR YET, BUT HIS OFFICERS WILL CONTINUE TO ENFORCE PANHANDLING RULES.

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  • Reply Kathryn Stewart June 18, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Wish the city of Springfield would do the same it is so out of control in our city!!

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