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Columbus considers new ways of controlling aggressive panhandling

September 3, 2019


GET A HAND ON AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING. AND ARE CONSIDERING NEW RULES TO ADDRESS WHAT POLICE SAY IS A GROWING PROBLEM. NBC FOURS TYLER CARTER WITH MORE ON THE PROPOSED ORDINANCES TYLER:1:45 THE NEW LEGISLATION WOULD ENFORCE SEVERAL NEW LAWS. IF YOU ARE USING AN ATM, A PANHANDLER IS NOT ALLOWED TO COME WITHIN THREE FEET OF YOU ENSURING THAT YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION IS SAFE. MICHAEL PAPPAS / MANAGER, TOMMY’S DINER, “WE HAVE ISSUES DAILY AND WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ON FIRST NAME-BASES WITH AND THEN JUST RANDOM FACES.” MICHAEL PAPPAS MANAGER AT THE POPULAR FRANKLINTON RESTAURANT TOMMY’S DINER SAYS PANHANDLING HAS GOTTEN WORSE WITHIN THE PAST YEAR DOWN WEST BROAD STREET. MICHAEL PAPPAS / MANAGER, TOMMY’S DINER “I AM OUT HERE 6-7 TIMES A DAY. : SHOOING PESKY PANHANDERS AWAY FROM CUSTOMERS. MICHAEL PAPPAS / MANAGER, TOMMY’S DINER THEY WILL COME UP TO THEIR CAR WINDOW. THEY CAN’T EVEN OPEN THE DOOR AND THEY ARE RIGHT THERE READY TO JUST ASK FOR MONEY : COLUMBUS CITY COUNCIL IS TRYING TO PUT A STOP TO AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING MICHAEL STINZIANO / COLUMBUS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER WE AREN’T BANNING PANHANDLING BUT RATHER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WOULD PUT AN INDIVIDUAL OR NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS HEALTH POTENTIAL AT RISK. : COUNCIL MEMBER MICHAEL STINZIANO SAYS THE NEW LEGISLATION WOULD TREAT PANHANDLING AS A ISSUE. – PROHIBITING TRANSACTIONS IN YHE MIDDLE OF THE STREET OR A FREEWAY. – MAKING IT ILLEGAL FOR PEOPLE TO FOLLOW SOMEONE WHO HAS TOLD THEM NO OR TOUCHING THEM. – AND PUTTING A THREE FEET BARRIER AROUND PEOPLE USING AN ATM. STINZIANO ATTRIBUTES THE INCREASE OF PANHANDLING TO THE CITY’S ECONOMIC AND POPULATION GROWTH. WE ARE DEALING WITH AN INCREASE IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. WE KNOW THAT MAY DRIVE SOME PEOPLE TO PANHANDLING. WE KNOW WE HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS SO THAT MAY DRIVE PEOPLE TO SEEK PANHANDLING. : COLUMBUS POLICE SAY JUST 20 CASES WHERE OF AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING WERE FILED IN 2016 AND JUST 8 IN 2017 BEFORE POLICE STOPPED ENFORCING IT IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR. TYLER: COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THIS PROPOSAL MONDAY. LOCAL FOR YOU TYLER CARTER NBC4 MIKE:

2 Comments

  • Reply Mr Cecil June 21, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Bear mace! Its the only solution

  • Reply Bernie Alderman June 21, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    A law i can actually get behind. Dont ban it but keep people safe.. Good job columbud. Finally! !!

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