Intimidating panhandler

Michigan would crack down on “aggressive solicitation” under bills headed to the floor of the state House three years after a federal court struck down a broader state anti-begging law as an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

Lansing — Michigan would crack down on “aggressive solicitation” under bills headed to the full House for consideration three years after a federal court struck down a broader state anti-begging law as an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

Etymology: back-formation from panhandler, probably from panhandle, noun; from the extended forearm Date: 1894 intransitive verb : to stop people on the street and ask for food or money : beg transitive verb 1 : to accost on the street and beg from 2 : to get by panhandling "Hey did you see that bum panhandling.

It also covers nearly equivalent conduct in which, in exchange for donations, people perform nominal labor such as squeegeeing (cleaning) the windshields of cars stopped in traffic, holding car doors open, saving parking spaces, guarding parked cars, buying subway tokens, and carrying luggage or groceries.

The Downtown BID discourages people from giving any individuals money.

Money received from strangers or “regular contributors” can help feed drug or alcohol addictions.

Passive panhandling is soliciting without threat or menace, often without any words exchanged at all—just a cup or a hand held out.Others are much more aggressive, making loud, sometime repeated demands and some panhandlers choose to solicit in places that are particularly intimidating such as near ATM machines, in a restroom or near your car.This is considered aggressive panhandling and in Indiana is against the law.Although homeless individuals are not alone in soliciting, panhandling is pervasive enough to be disturbing to Downtown visitors, workers and residents.Panhandling (often soliciting for money) is not illegal on public space unless it is done in an aggressive manner or at/near certain locations.

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