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Even if they're not addicted to drugs, they're panhandling for alcohol, they're panhandling for cigarettes," said Police Chief Nick Willard in a letter to Manchester.
The last part of the strategy is to create alternatives to panhandling.
Amid concerns over the proliferation of panhandling, the City Council in June asked for a comprehensive plan to address public safety issues associated with the practice.
Since the ordinance passed - and after an initial grace period when police educated panhandlers about the new laws - panhandling has become a nonissue, according to City Councilman Dave Weaver.
But such laws should be accompanied by a search for ways to help people break the patterns of behavior their panhandling enables.
Last month, in response to concerns about the proliferation of panhandling, the council asked the city manager to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with public safety issues associated with the panhandling.
O'Brien said it will also be incumbent upon the local social service community to discourage panhandling.
Three Worcester residents were asked about panhandling yesterday, and offered mixed reactions.
In an emotional debate Wednesday, Councilman Rudy Svorinich, who represents the Harbor and Watts areas of Los Angeles, told critics they don't understand the real problems that exist for businesses and residents exposed to panhandling that goes beyond polite requests for money.
The ordinances would specifically ban aggressive panhandling at bus stops, outdoor cafes, ATM machines and freeway off-ramps.
I fully support Mayor Richard Riordan's proposed legislation that would protect us against abusive panhandling.
However, the proposed law would be a valuable discretionary tool in the fight against abusive panhandling like the kind I witnessed.