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#1 Sep 3, 2013
Is public bumming, begging,'pan-handling' allowed inside Rkwd city limits? And does it matter if it is a private residence or a bus? If they grab your arms is it considered a criminal act or does it depend on age? Ex: can a stranger begging for money grab a kid's arm/leg walking home from school and it's a crime of assault vrs. if they grab an adult pumping gas at rockytop?
#2 Sep 3, 2013
If anyone is grabbed or touched they should call the police and report it. If this is is associated with the request for money you have to report it before the behavior escalates to more dangerous actions.
#3 Sep 3, 2013
I do believe its legal to panhandle but not during the nighttime, and I think not within so many feet of a business. Grabbing a child or adults to ask for money I believe is illegal.I would definately report it so it is at least on file..
#4 Sep 3, 2013
My child has told me about a man who talks to the buildings and reaches out to grab the middle and high school walking home children asking for smokes or money! I told them to stay in groups and if he ever touches them to yell and kick if they need to get him off them.
#5 Sep 4, 2013
I told mine stay in group walking and they know they have their phone with them if anything could not be stopped by simply telling the man no and keep walking away. Its sad shame though, but I reminded them MANY kids walk past much much worse to get home each day from school. Always be alert!
#6 Sep 4, 2013
I don't know about Roane county laws but this is the law for knox county. I would hope it's the same. If so, it is illegal to panhandle in almost all circumstances and especially if they do so on an aggressive manner. Be careful!
Knoxville’s Panhandling Ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to solicit money or other things of value in the following circumstances:
• After sunset and before sunrise
• By repeatedly asking a person
• Using abusive language or profanity
• In an aggressive manner in a public area
• In parking lots or garages owned by the City of Knoxville
• On private property if the owner has a sign posted or has asked the person to stop
• From motorists in traffic
• From persons waiting in line to be admitted to a commercial establishment
• By falsely representing why they are seeking money
• Or within 20 feet of:
An entrance or exit of any bank or check cashing business
Sidewalk café or outdoors dining area
A bus stop or bus station
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