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Squidboy April 6th, 2016 2:20pm

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?

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mim formerly 97123
04/07/16 10:16 am

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.

mim formerly 97123
04/07/16 10:16 am

My point is, I support the law.

Wackacrat Harford County
04/07/16 3:35 am

I should be able to give my money to who ever I want.

04/06/16 7:34 pm

They tried this in San Antonio... Didn't last.

04/06/16 1:40 pm

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.

bartman71 USW
04/07/16 12:56 am

So, are we regulating charity now?

04/07/16 5:11 am

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.

fredd TrumpLand
04/06/16 12:28 pm

Very petty. I don't give to panhandlers but that's just silly.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
04/06/16 11:52 am

I'm against the law, but for the spirit of not giving to panhandlers

04/06/16 11:14 am

Petty but perhaps it will discourage professional panhandlers, send them on to more productive environs

Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/06/16 11:00 am

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.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
04/06/16 10:11 am

This seems more common sense than Akron, Ohio's approach of making panhandlers get a license...

Wino I need a drink
04/06/16 9:13 am

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.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
04/06/16 7:50 am

Unnecessary law. Stop Making more and more needless laws

suppressedID hope despite the times
04/06/16 7:46 am

If only they'd spent that much legislative time trying to combat poverty....