Citing public safety, Springfield, OR has passed a law that makes it illegal to give anything to roadside panhandlers, punishable up to a $50 fine. Critics call the law petty. What do you think?
Hard to enforce.
I dislike panhandlers. I would much rather give to people I know and love. I have plenty of family members who could use a couple extra bucks.
Back when I had extra, I gave my niece a Starbucks card and would randomly reload it so she could treat herself. Just as rewarding if you ask me.
Currently, I'm probably more poor than some of those panhandlers are. I cannot imagine under what circumstances I would stand at an off ramp and beg for a handout.
My point is, I support the law.
I should be able to give my money to who ever I want.
They tried this in San Antonio... Didn't last.
I don't know why they're pinning this on public safety, but people should definitely stop giving to panhandlers and donate their money to organizations that actually help those people.
So, are we regulating charity now?
I didn't say I agreed with this law.
I'm saying that handing cash out to these people does more harm than good and people who do it should stop.
Very petty. I don't give to panhandlers but that's just silly.
I'm against the law, but for the spirit of not giving to panhandlers
Petty but perhaps it will discourage professional panhandlers, send them on to more productive environs
Very petty. The panhandling could reasonably be a minor crime, as it is often a public nuisance, but offering a gift to someone should never be discouraged.
This seems more common sense than Akron, Ohio's approach of making panhandlers get a license...
That's an insane and completely unnecessary law. I keep fruit in the car to give them and, if they are in the city (they usually are), I give a list of shelters.
Unnecessary law. Stop Making more and more needless laws
If only they'd spent that much legislative time trying to combat poverty....
It seems they want more money
War on the poor...