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Downtown Pittsburgh Fights Local Panhandling Problem

September 8, 2019


TO MAKE AN ARREST IMMEDIATELY. THE CITY IS FIGHTING ANOTHER PROBLEM DOWNTOWN. PANHANDLING. JOHN DELANO SHARED VIDEO. Reporter: WHILE THE STABBINGS AND SHOOTINGS IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH CAUSE ALARM, RESTAURANT OWNERS SAY IT’S THE AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLERS THAT ANNOY CUSTOMERS DAILY. WHEN YOU’RE CONSTANTLY GETTING BOMBARDED, THERE’S PANHANDLERS WALKING UP TO PEOPLE, ALMOST PUSHING THEM INTO THE STREET. THEY’RE SO AGGRESSIVE. AND THEY KEEP GETTING MORE AND MORE AGGRESSIVE. Reporter: RICHARD SHOT THIS VIDEO OF A HUSTLER CASING THE OUTDOOR TABLES ON 6th. WHEN HE STARTS SOLICITING DINERS, A WAITRESS COMES OUT TO MOVE HIM AWAY. THEY WERE MAKING THEIR ROUNDS. THEY TALKED TO US, THE NEXT PERSON. AND NOBODY REALLY DID ANYTHING ABOUT. IT IT WAS A STRANGE EXPERIENCE. Reporter: IANLLOWER SAYS HE’S EXPERIENCED PANHANDLING AT TABLES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE EATERIES. HE’S HARDLY ALONE. IT’S A REGULAR OCCURRENCE. ESPECIALLY IN A CITY LIKE THIS. AND AROUND MARKET SQUARE LIKE WE ARE NOW. IT’S GONNA HAPPEN A LOT. Reporter: THIS VIDEO SHOWS A PANHANDLER ENTERING ONE SPORES BAR ONLY TO BE THROWN OUT BY STAFF. ANOTHER ONE GOT CAUGHT RIFLING THROUGH STAFF LOCKERS. THIS IS THE CITY ORDINANCE ON PANHANDLING. AND IT ALLOWS PANHANDLING DURTHE DAYLIGHT HOURS. BUT IT ALSO HAS SOME RESTRICTIONS. VERY SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS THAT THE OWNERS OF THESE SPORTS BAR SAY ARE NOT BEING ENFORCED BY CITY POLICE. FOR EXAMPLE, STREET HUSTLERS CANNOT SOLICIT WITHIN 25 FEET OF ANY OUTDOOR DINING AREA. THE MAYOR HAS TO OPEN UP THE TIDE. Reporter: HE SAYS HE JUST WANTS THE CITY TO RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM. WE CANNOT ARREST PEOPLE FOR PANHANDLING. BUT WE CAN ARREST THEM FOR THEIR CONDUCT. WHEN IT

3 Comments

  • Reply Mr Grumpy August 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    so much crime and yet you say the crime rate is low hahahah

  • Reply missblak00 August 29, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    They arrest you for pandhandeling in Atlanta

  • Reply javi del August 29, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    the poor is the enemy? help the homeless is more cheap.

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