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View Poll Results: Should panhandling be illegal
Yes, panhandling should be illegal 23 39.66%
No, panhandling should not be illegal 35 60.34%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-24-2013, 05:18 PM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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I don't have a problem with panhandling but is there some reason why I can never get a receipt?!
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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I don't think it should be illegal. If people want to give their money away, then fine...it's theirs to give away. I could only hope that it decreases the amount of tax dollars that go to those same panhandlers in any form.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego California
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Why should panhandling be illegal? If they are not harassing anybody, begging is not infringing on the rights of others any more than the Salvation Army asking for donations.
As I understand legal theory, any crime denigrates society as a whole. That is where the term paying your debt to "society" comes from. A crime by its nature injures all of society.

So if this is the case, and we can agree that panhandling denigrates society as a whole, does that in reciprococity, not make it a crime?
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:45 AM
Status: "Harlan Ogilvy was right!" (set 19 days ago)
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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As I understand legal theory, any crime denigrates society as a whole. That is where the term paying your debt to "society" comes from. A crime by its nature injures all of society.

So if this is the case, and we can agree that panhandling denigrates society as a whole, does that in reciprococity, not make it a crime?
you mean like those para-military types with their red buckets in front of shopping centers at Christmas?
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Austin
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As I understand legal theory, any crime denigrates society as a whole. That is where the term paying your debt to "society" comes from. A crime by its nature injures all of society.

So if this is the case, and we can agree that panhandling denigrates society as a whole, does that in reciprococity, not make it a crime?
I do not agree that panhandling denigrates society as a whole.

I also do not agree that "any crime denigrates society as a whole". There are many examples. It was a crime for a black person to sit in the front of a bus at one time. I don't think committing that crime denigrated society as a whole.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I watched a guy faking being blind the other day. He walked away from the busy parking lot he was in, and then took off his glasses, folded up his cane, and began tossing a small ball up into the air as he walked away. A few minutes later, after we came out of the store, we went to Chick Fil A and there the same guy was standing on the corner, glasses back on, cane back out with a sign saying "Help a blind veteran."

We called the police and they came out and ran him off.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:11 AM
 
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Make them use heavy iron pans.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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I watched a guy faking being blind the other day. He walked away from the busy parking lot he was in, and then took off his glasses, folded up his cane, and began tossing a small ball up into the air as he walked away. A few minutes later, after we came out of the store, we went to Chick Fil A and there the same guy was standing on the corner, glasses back on, cane back out with a sign saying "Help a blind veteran."

We called the police and they came out and ran him off.

I think he should be committed to the blind veterans home.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Walton County, GA
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Nothing wrong with it until they get aggressive.

I never donate money, but I do offer to buy lunch or offer some yard work for cash sometimes.

The honest ones, I hook them up with my home brew beer. (You know, the ones that actually say they need a drink)
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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Panhandling is a service-oriented job. The panhandler will absolve some of your guilt in exchange for money. It's also a fact that the panhandler CREATED the demand for his product (absolution of guilt) similar to how a tire salesman can create demand for his product by spreading nails on the road in front of his shop.

I also loath liars, and professional panhandlers are world-class liars.

I have personally observed a panhandler leave his "post", walk a few blocks, and get into a newish vehicle to drive away.

I never give money to panhandlers. I DO donate to charities that fund homeless shelters and food banks.
Yeah, everybody here donates to charity.
Nobody here on welfare or in possession of an oblamer phone either.
That's what's so cool about CD.
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