Donation Solicitors or Panhandlers? Helping or Stealing?

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

If someone wants to solicit money for a charitable, religious, educational on the sides of streets and sidewalks- they can.. it's when they step into the road there's a problem... and there's been a lot of problem lately.

If an organization wants to take to the streets or stand in the median like the, Tallahassee Fire Department during "Fill the Boot", they need a permit from the police department.

City attorney Jim English says he's noticed solicitors becoming more and more aggressive, he says most do not have permits. "We just don't want them in the middle of the street- it's just terribly dangerous, in addition to stopping traffic and causing traffic problems." says English.

Charles Owens says, "I don't mind giving a donation to individuals on the side of the road because i know a lot of times, it's a need. It's had to pick out when there is and when there isn't a need so most of the time I'm just giving from my heart."

English went on to say- before there was an ordinance in 2004 he would have to stop his car to tell people to get out of the street.

These days- he says it's up to other motorist to call the Tallahassee Police department when they see people violating the ordinance.

Violators could be fined up to 500 dollars.

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