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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    Rattlesnake, How many times have you called TPD? They can not be everywhere and see everything.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Joe Angie, Why would they wait until the end of the month to check foe bogus tags?
  • by Joe Angie Location: Tallatrashy on Mar 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    TPD does not care. They are more worried about riding around parking lots at the end of the month looking for bogus tags and illegal parkers. I refuse to give money to panhandlers. For one, I am broke myself and too proud to beg. Second, if you give once they expect it again. I have actually had them mumble words at me under their breath when I refuse them. The best thing to do is tell them you only carry a debit card, they cant beg for a quarter with that. I mean really, what are you gonna do with a quarter?
  • by Around town Location: Tallahassee on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    There are tons of homeless and no homeless people doing this nowadays. Got to love this wonderful economy. I believe that this getting a little too much around town though. I have been sitting at a red light and seen some people go out into like 2-3 lanes of traffic and collect money that is being handed out of a car window. This is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. I guess then they wouldn't be out in traffic asking for money, once they got hit by a motorist!!!
  • by Rattlesnake Location: Tallahassee on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    We have solicitors standing in the concrete center medians at Capital Circle West & S.R. 20 (Blountstown Hwy) almost every day of the week... When I've asked them to see their city permit, most don't know what I'm talking about. So, TPD, get on the ball!
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