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Panhandling Controversy in Chesapeake

August 25, 2019


COULD SOON COST YOU. AND THAT GOES FOR ANYONE. KIDS RAISING MONEY FOR THEIR BASEBALL TEAM, FIREFIGHTERS GETTING DONATIONS FOR CHARITY AND THOSE WHO DO IT TO MAKE A LIVING. (LAURA CASO) MIKE/PANHANDLER “11:18 MY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS THIS RIGHT HERE.” RIGHT HERE ON THE STREETS OF CHESAPEAKE. MIKE/PANHANDLER “I COME OUT HERE FOR ABOUT 1 OR 2 HOURS THAT’S ABOUT AS LONG AS I CAN STAND OUT HERE.” MIKE IS DISABLED, HE FELL THROUGH A ROOF – 22 FEET. “HOMELESS, ANYTHING HELPS.” HE TELLS ME HE CAN’T COLLECT DISABILITY. MIKE/PANHANDLER “YOU MAKE THE MOST MONEY IN THE MEDIAN.” BUT SOON MIKE WILL BE MOVING TO THE SIDEWALK BECAUSE OF THE ORDINANCE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY BY CITY COUNCIL. IT’S NOT SPECIFICALLY A PANHANDLING ORDINANCE BUT IT AFFECTS MIKE. BECAUSE IT RESTRICTS PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY WITHIN TRAFFIC LANES OF ALL PUBLIC ROADS OR ROADS THAT ARE AT LEAST 35 MILES PER HOUR OR HAVE 4 IN ORDER TO CONDUCT TRANSACTIONS WITH PEDESTRIANS. MIKE/PANHANDLER “I UNDERSTAND IT, PEOPLE DON’T PAY ATTENTION ANYMORE, PEOPLE DO THIS ALL THE TIME.” IT’S THE EXACT REASON WHY COUNCILMAN ROBERT IKE SAYS HE’S IN FAVOR. ROBERT IKE/CHESAPEAKE COUNCILMAN “WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN PEOPLE ARE STILL TRYING TO GIVE MONEY, AND IT BACKS UP TRAFFIC AND THEY ARE IN AND OUT OF THE TRAFFIC LANES, IT IS A DANGER.” ACCORDING TO THE SUPREME COURT, IF YOU RESTRICT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT OF WAYS- IT HAS TO BE ALL OR NOTHING. ROBERT IKE/CHESAPEAKE WHERE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS HELP COLLECT FUNDS FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. I’M TOLD THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE LOOKING TO FIND A DIFFERENT WAY TO KEEP THE CAMPAIGN STRONG – NO DECISIONS YET.BUT SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT. THE CITY REPORTS 65 ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEDESTRAINS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. AND MIKE UNDERSTANDS THAT AND HOPES SOON HE’LL COLLECT DISABILITY AND AVOID DOING THIS. MIKE/PANHANDLER 13:32 “HOPEFULLY HAVE A LIFE INSTEAD OF COMING OUT HERE EVERYDAY.” (LAURA) THE CONSEQUENCE? PAY UP TO 350-DOLLARS. OR COMMUNITY SERVICE. IKE SAYS A JUDGE COULD ALSO DISMISS IT WITH A WARNING. AND OF COURSE – WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR – THE ORDINANCE DOES NOT INCLUDE LAWFUL

2 Comments

  • Reply Falcons Nest December 19, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Yo, Wavy can you respond to my comment.

  • Reply Off-ramp Hobo December 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

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