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loiter

v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business where one has no particular or legal purpose. In many states, cities, and towns there are statutes or ordinances against loitering by which the police can arrest someone who refuses to "move along." There is a question as to whether such laws are constitutional. However, there is often another criminal statute or ordinance which can be applied specifically to control aggressive begging, soliciting prostitution, drug dealing, blocking entries to stores, public drunkenness, or being a public nuisance.

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At least 20 loiterers were caught idling in the streets and violating city ordinances by the Pasay Police around the city.
Later, Duterte said he hadn't told police to arrest loiterers. However, police appeared to have interpreted the president's words with a vengeance.
Lacson, a former PNP chief before his election to the Senate, pointed out that the arrests of loiterers were based on local ordinances and would 'best be addressed' by local authorities.
The park has been a popular gathering spot for large groups of loiterers, especially underneath the concrete shelter at the edge of the west Park Blocks.
Loiterers Those people who insist on holding lengthy conversations either on the steps of the stands or in doorways or passages while others are trying to get from A to B.
Shop and business owners have raised various concerns from the amount of rubbish in bins to issues concerning people's behaviour and loiterers around empty premises.
Also, no other businesses used the alley at that hour and the club routinely used its security guards to clear the alley of loiterers and maintain order.
Dianna Ferguson-Mosley, head of the Indianapolis Police Department's robbery division, commended businesses that took steps to thwart robbers: watching for loiterers (potential robbers), and modernizing video surveillance equipment.
And of course, in addition to those who were well-intentioned, there were the vagrants, charlatans, and loiterers, whose intentions were more dubious.
The litter on and off the track, the number of loiterers in and around the toilets and escalators - including children wandering up and down - astounded me.
For example, in describing one of Malik's first encounters with some Harlem homeys, Jackson writes, "As I stood there it was like Malik had left his friends on the stoop and was standing in front of me, forty in hand, then spitting in my face, `Black boy blending.' The park was hardly a telephone booth and Superman I wasn't, but with a slow swagger I walked toward the group standing outside of the townhouse like I belonged in the neighborhood and they were mere loiterers. Wassup?"
OTB is the domain of open containers and sketchy loiterers. Soon, however, it may be a viable alternative to the Ground Round.