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By DAVID RITCHIE | July 27, 1991
Stand for a few minutes some mild Sunday morning at a bus stopin the Mount Vernon neighborhood, and the panhandlers converge. Then you hear a whining voice: ''Excuuuuse meeeee, sorrrrrr . . .''You can ignore the beggar or give him change. A more instructive approach is to buy him a meal and hear his story.Some panhandlers come across as glib liars, spinning spurious tales of woe. I recall one ''disabled'' beggar whose alleged disability left him looking fit and well-fed, and even allowed him to flirt with waitresses.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Supporters of a widespread ban on panhandling in Baltimore are scaling back the proposal amid criticism the legislation went too far. Under a proposed amendment, the bill would prohibit panhandling within 10 feet of outdoor dining - rather than entire commercial districts - and within five feet of a parking meter or kiosk. Panhandling also would be barred on pedestrian bridges and at the entrance to stairwells. The City Council postponed a vote Monday on the ban at the request of the bill's sponsor, Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, so the amendment can be drafted and studied.
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NEWS
January 30, 2013
I would like to respond to Baltimore City Councilwoman Rikki Spector's efforts to limit panhandling ("Spector bill targets 'aggressive' begging," Jan. 29). In an ideal world, we would not be subjected to these pathetically weary people that we see on street corners. Perhaps some of them do exploit our sympathies and our money. However, my religion teaches me that I will do the right thing by helping them. If they choose to use my money for drugs, alcohol, etc., that is their choice, but I will do what is right.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial ( "Putting down panhandlers, and Dan Rodricks ' column regarding panhandling ( "Baltimore has another fit of panhandler anxiety," Oct. 24) underscored the need for a balanced approach to the problem which, in fact, has been pursued in Anne Arundel County. Legislation prohibiting individuals from standing in highway right-of-ways to solicit money or donations of any kind from the occupant of a vehicle was successfully sought in Anne Arundel County and our county residents are pleased that the ban on roadside solicitations has resulted in the virtual elimination of this public safety hazard from our streets and highways.
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October 27, 2013
In attempts to aid beggars in Baltimore city and county I have been laughed at, cursed at and even threatened several times simply because I offered them a day or two of yard work ( "City Council members push to crack down on panhandling," Oct. 22). One man who claims an exit at the Home Depot store in Rosedale has "worked" that exit for several years. When I offered him $50 to cut my lawn, using my self-propelled mower, he said his back was messed up and that he could make twice as much at "his" spot on a good day. Later, after walking up and down "his" median strip, I watched him pick up his obviously heavy backpack and walk back toward the city.
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Dan Rodricks | October 24, 2013
Here we go again, with another call for a crackdown on panhandlers in Baltimore. The City Council, which recently provided millions of dollars in public financing for the big private development at Harbor Point - offices, hotels, residences - is considering legislation to make it tougher for the penniless to beg on our sidewalks. A council committee already gave the crackdown the thumbs-up. Nice. Maybe if panhandlers could afford a lobbyist or a public-relations company - or maybe if they took up a collection now and then and made campaign donations - they, too, could benefit from the council's generous tendencies.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | November 23, 1993
Amid hisses from homeless advocates, the Baltimore City Council gave its overwhelming endorsement last night to a measure banning aggressive panhandling.The council voted 14-3, with two members abstaining, in favor of the ordinance, which was proposed by the Schmoke administration to keep residents and visitors from being harassed by panhandlers.Council President Mary Pat Clarke said the decision was difficult and emotional. She told how her mother has been harassed by panhandlers on her way to church, yet spoke of the need for shelter, jobs and drug and alcohol treatment for the homeless.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Staff Writer Staff writer Carol L. Bowers contributed to this article | November 30, 1993
Once, street corner panhandlers were seen only in the city. But in the last year, they have been become part of the suburban landscape as well, standing at busy intersections petitioning rush-hour commuters and mall shoppers.Mostly young men, they hold hand-lettered signs that read: "Homeless. Please Help. Will Work for Food. God Bless." They have appeared on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, on Rolling Road in Catonsville, Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia and Liberty Road in Carroll County.
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By DAN RODRICKS | February 12, 1997
There's been a lot of talk in my circles lately about the relative "legitimacy" of panhandlers generally, and one in particular. Though most people I know - social workers and advocates for the poor among them - dismiss pleas for cash on the street, some people still can't make up their minds. And others remain intensely concerned (overly so, I think) that a well-meaning public is being ripped off by sad-eyed men and women with cardboard signs.So let's have all panhandlers apply for official standing through the Department of Human Resources.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1995
A group of panhandlers protested yesterday at City Hall and at the Baltimore Sun building, charging that statements by the mayor and a newspaper editorial unfairly portrayed the homeless community.Led by the founders of Viva House, a soup kitchen in Southwest Baltimore, the protesters tried to serve stones to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Sun editors.The group's slogan, "We ask for bread you give us stones," was written in black ink on the bottom of the foam plates.They are upset with Mr. Schmoke's comments two weeks ago in which he urged people to give money to charities instead of to panhandlers.
NEWS
October 27, 2013
In attempts to aid beggars in Baltimore city and county I have been laughed at, cursed at and even threatened several times simply because I offered them a day or two of yard work ( "City Council members push to crack down on panhandling," Oct. 22). One man who claims an exit at the Home Depot store in Rosedale has "worked" that exit for several years. When I offered him $50 to cut my lawn, using my self-propelled mower, he said his back was messed up and that he could make twice as much at "his" spot on a good day. Later, after walking up and down "his" median strip, I watched him pick up his obviously heavy backpack and walk back toward the city.
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Dan Rodricks | October 24, 2013
Here we go again, with another call for a crackdown on panhandlers in Baltimore. The City Council, which recently provided millions of dollars in public financing for the big private development at Harbor Point - offices, hotels, residences - is considering legislation to make it tougher for the penniless to beg on our sidewalks. A council committee already gave the crackdown the thumbs-up. Nice. Maybe if panhandlers could afford a lobbyist or a public-relations company - or maybe if they took up a collection now and then and made campaign donations - they, too, could benefit from the council's generous tendencies.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
We will try not to judge too harshly those on the Baltimore City Council who are supporting a crackdown on panhandling — just as they should not judge too harshly those who are doing the panhandling. A poverty of ideas is just another form of poverty. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Baltimore already has a decade-old law on the books that prohibits aggressive panhandling. Examples of outlawed behavior include refusing to take no for an answer, following or touching people on the street or swearing at them.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Asking for money near Baltimore restaurants, shops or parking meters would be outlawed under legislation some City Council members say is needed to make residents and visitors feel safer. The proposal, which heads to the full council for its consideration on Nov. 4, faces opposition from advocates for the homeless and free-speech groups, who say broadly limiting panhandling violates the Constitution. The effort is an outgrowth of an attempt by Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector to crack down on those who ask for money in traffic - which is already illegal.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
I was dismayed to read of Councilwoman Rikki Spector's new bill to address aggressive panhandling ("Spector bill targets 'aggressive' begging," Jan. 29). Baltimore already has statutes restricting aggressive panhandling. People are prohibited from begging on public transportation, within 10 feet of an ATM, in traffic, and in a threatening and aggressive manner. We should be exploring what we can do to help these poor folks, not creating more obstacles and court expenses. Baltimore has been down this road before.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
I would like to respond to Baltimore City Councilwoman Rikki Spector's efforts to limit panhandling ("Spector bill targets 'aggressive' begging," Jan. 29). In an ideal world, we would not be subjected to these pathetically weary people that we see on street corners. Perhaps some of them do exploit our sympathies and our money. However, my religion teaches me that I will do the right thing by helping them. If they choose to use my money for drugs, alcohol, etc., that is their choice, but I will do what is right.
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By Dan Rodricks | August 14, 2000
I CAN TELL WHEN the kids are staring. I might be in the front seat, occupied with driving and traffic and one of Dr. Laura's radio diatribes against a middle-aged guy who lives with his mother, but without looking in the rearview mirror, I can tell when something on the side of the road has caught the kids' attention and freaked them out in a mild sort of way. They suddenly become quiet in the back seat. Maybe they see another kid in a wheelchair. Or an old man hitchhiking. Or two adults having an argument.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,kevin.cowherd@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
We can probably all agree that being a panhandler is no fun. Most of the time, people pass you by as if you're not even there. Or else they shoot you dirty looks because they think you're running some kind of scam. The scam theory is one that I never really understood. Look, I see panhandlers out there in the rain and snow and freezing cold. I see them out there when it's 95 degrees and the humidity would make a mule keel over. Would you really be out in that kind of weather if you weren't desperate?
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector introduced a bill Monday that would crack down on what she deems "aggressive" panhandling. Spector's bill would make it illegal for people to solicit handouts along street shoulders, medians and in traffic. It's a problem that's been getting worse with time, the 5th District Democrat said, and her constituents frequently ask her to fix it. "It's the aggressive kind of panhandling that I've been trying to get my arms around for a long time," Spector said Monday.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Ironic that the very day that Dan Rodricks attacks Pat McDonough for his candid and truthful assessment of gang crime downtown ("Conflicting realities collide downtown," May 24), The Sun buries on page 4 the attack by 20-30 "unruly" teens at the 7-Eleven at Light and Pratt streets - the heart of the Inner Harbor in the middle of a workday! Say what you want, Mr. Rodricks, but facts are facts, and Baltimore is not typical of other cities. You want to feel secure walking around town?
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