I would imagine there are several lawyers at City Hall. Aren’t any of these professionals capable of writing a city ordinance prohibiting beggars (some who seem to take pride in the appellation) from plying their “trade?”
Today I noticed three at one intersection attempting to stop traffic with their appeals. Last weekend I saw four maintaining their usual places at one heavily trafficked corner on the Country Club Plaza. Periodically they would surrender their posts to allow others to beg. Such activity really does not do much for that area or for the city as a whole.
A few short weeks ago I was escorting visitors from overseas when a panhandler started screaming “racist” at me because I failed to make a contribution. I guess it was a good tactic, as people following behind me made certain to cough up money rather than being screamed at.
T. Allen Lesley