The number of panhandlers seems to have increased. So either they are getting
homes and are continuing banking extra cash from aggressive panhandling or
interfering with traffic or blocking the sidewalk or just sitting there; or the
majority of panhandlers are committing fraud by holding up signs indicating they
are homeless, helpless, hopeless....that is fraud and should be
prosecuted....If we really wanted to help those that are
panhandling. They should register with the city they plan on panhandling in.
Where a background check can be done and proof that this is the only way they
can survive. Then be issued a lanyard by the city indicating that they are
genuinely in need. Police will have an easier time policing these activities.
Residents can know that at least there money is going to a person. Better yet,
if they have a number, then a resident can go to the city website and make a
donation. The money will be recorded as income, and ensure that they pay their
fair share of taxes and that it's reported to the IRS.