New Akron law tightens panhandling

New Akron law tightens panhandling

There are 176 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 3, 2008, titled New Akron law tightens panhandling. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Dale Zenner was in his car passing by a panhandler in Akron a week ago when the thought struck him.

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Grump

Strongsville, OH

#1 Jun 4, 2008
should register. he is always looking for a handout.
Use Common Sense

Kent, OH

#2 Jun 4, 2008
How do you "fine" someone who can't afford to feed themselves? I doubt that this law is one of Mayor Don's biggest money makers.
Happy in Hartville

Canton, OH

#3 Jun 4, 2008
Sixty seven citations in Akron for panhandling last year, sounds like a veritable crime wave to me.
Overtaxed Voter

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 4, 2008
Use Common Sense wrote:
How do you "fine" someone who can't afford to feed themselves? I doubt that this law is one of Mayor Don's biggest money makers.
Do you really think most of the people who stake out the same street corner every day 'can't afford to feed themselves'?

Panhandling is their job, and by dealing in a cash only business avoid paying taxes or doing any real work for their earnings.

If our elected officials wanted to make a real difference, they should require each of these people to be registered with an employment agency and to have their 'panhandling license' canceled if the first time they refuse any job offer.
Hootie Hays

United States

#8 Jun 4, 2008
These people are bums, and last thing they would consider doing is to "work for food"
QuickStart

Cleveland, OH

#10 Jun 4, 2008
I have seen the same man begging in the Chapel Hill and greater Akron areal since I was 20. It's been 19 years and the same guy is "Homeless" and "Will work for food". Obviously, this is a career choice and he is, "working for food". Yeah, I work for food too. I'm not saying that the man does not have real problems. I am saying that there is an element of choice in what he is doing.
OldManGrump

Akron, OH

#11 Jun 4, 2008
GHOSTRIDER - OCEANA wrote:
Hey! Another "VET" fallen on hard times....Why doesn't Grump help???
I do. Haven of Rest has my full financial support. What a great organization they run in downtown Akron for the needy and mentally issued. Just head down to East Market Street downtown for help.
Revoked

Akron, OH

#13 Jun 4, 2008
Hopefully, Mr. Zenner's 10 day permit has expired and seeing as he has several felony convictions, not to mention numerous misdemeanor drug convictions - he will not be a card carrying member of Panhandler's Local 234 for much longer. Not that I believe he really gives a hoot about the "formality" of registering with APD to be a card carrying member.
AkronLaw

Lorain, OH

#14 Jun 4, 2008
Maybe they should disappear from the planet?

They stink up the library, they monopolize resources and services, they urinate on busses, and they make it uncomfortable to walk through my neighborhood.

They ask "Hey buddy, got a quarter?" and they get offended when we ask "Hey buddy, got a job?" or when we respond "Yes, I have a quarter, and I worked hard for my quarter, if you worked hard, you would have your own quarter."

Seriously, I pay my taxes so that subsidized housing, TANF, shelters, and food banks are able to operate. I make my bi-weekly charitable donations to my charity's of choice. And I swing by the food bank once a month with my near expiring pantry items.

That's about the extent of my generosity. If you want to stand at the end of my exit ramp from the highway and ask for money. Go get a damned broom and sweep it. If I can drive on a pristine exit ramp, i'll flip you my quarters as I exit.

But don't expect me to get up and work a job I hate, to come home and give you money.
Moron Spotter

Cleveland, OH

#15 Jun 4, 2008
Oh great. As if OldManGrump/SenileOldFart doesn't spend enough time on here. Now that he's no longer allowed to beg, he'll be on here all day now.
Moron Spotter

Cleveland, OH

#16 Jun 4, 2008
Use Common Sense wrote:
How do you "fine" someone who can't afford to feed themselves? I doubt that this law is one of Mayor Don's biggest money makers.
It doesn't matter. It's a quality of life issue that residents, customers and business owners/employees have been complaining about for quite some time. Akron isn't the first and won't be the last city making this a big issue. All cities should. They ARE a nuisance.
Moron Spotter

Cleveland, OH

#17 Jun 4, 2008
Happy in Hartville wrote:
Sixty seven citations in Akron for panhandling last year, sounds like a veritable crime wave to me.
Nice to see you missed the point.
Moved

Naples, FL

#18 Jun 4, 2008
''I've always thought the best strategy was to get people real jobs. That would be more successful than these silly laws,'' he said
...why work when you can beg? They don't want jobs.
Moved

Naples, FL

#20 Jun 4, 2008
Has anyone ever seen the homeless in Key West? Those are the true lazy ones. Paradise on someone else's dime.
Just wondering

Toledo, OH

#22 Jun 4, 2008
If this guy is only 50 how is he a Vietnam Vet? We left Saigon in April 1975 when he might have been 18 at most.
akronakronakronb ridge

Cleveland, OH

#23 Jun 4, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
<quoted text>I do. Haven of Rest has my full financial support. What a great organization they run in downtown Akron for the needy and mentally issued. Just head down to East Market Street downtown for help.
They only help the born again psycos ... you have to go to church to eat, if your not christian and don't go to church you starve. Haven of Rest is a crack pot program.
Sherry

Cleveland, OH

#24 Jun 4, 2008
QuickStart wrote:
I have seen the same man begging in the Chapel Hill and greater Akron areal since I was 20. It's been 19 years and the same guy is "Homeless" and "Will work for food". Obviously, this is a career choice and he is, "working for food". Yeah, I work for food too. I'm not saying that the man does not have real problems. I am saying that there is an element of choice in what he is doing.
Perhaps some kind soul should hand this man a job application, rather then give him money.
Work - no way

Akron, OH

#25 Jun 4, 2008
Sherry wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps some kind soul should hand this man a job application, rather then give him money.
Yeah, he could make another sign using the back of the application.
Soulman

Beachwood, OH

#26 Jun 4, 2008
They say can't work due to health issues but they can stand all day on the street corner. Get a job, get a life, and get off the system. I knew of one guy in Orlando the stood in the same place every day with a will work for food sign. My dad, a contractor, tried to give the guy a job. He had a dozen excuses why he could not do any physical labor. About a week later pops saw the guy walking to the Denny's nearby and getting in his new Cadillac, temp tags and all. These people make a tax free living at this while the honest citizens have real jobs.
Akron Arnie

Vienna, OH

#27 Jun 4, 2008
How about making the crack dealers register. This is such shit. When are we going to get rid of Don and Marco and get down to the real business in this city?

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