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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:00 AM
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Tampa Bay residents strongly support ban on street solicitation and panhandling
Tampa Bay residents strongly support ban on street solicitation and panhandling

Tony LoCicero has had enough of being hit up for money in Ybor City and West Tampa. The 45-year-old father wants the city of Tampa to copy St. Petersburg and ban street soliciting.

So do a lot of other people from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

A new poll shows 72 percent of adults in the two counties support St. Petersburg's ban on transactions between motorists and people in the medians a law geared to thwart panhandlers.

Plus, 65 percent support the idea of other cities passing similar laws, according to the survey of 600 adults for the St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9.

"It makes me feel uncomfortable sitting in traffic while there is someone on the side of the road holding up a sign and asking for money," said LoCicero, who lives in unincorporated southeast Hillsborough.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/tampa-bay-r...
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:05 AM
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1. ""It makes me feel uncomfortable "
"sitting in traffic while there is someone on the side of the road holding up a sign and asking for money,"
Poor baby!!! How sad that you have see someone who is homeless and without food while you sit in cozy comfort in your car......

How much you want to bet that vast majority these pathetic idiots consider themselves to be Christians?

So now we are passing laws to that violate the rights of the poor so those who are not poor can be comfortable???

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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:09 AM
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2. Step one in the big cleanup for the 2012 RNC . nt
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:10 AM
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3. Oy. Nt
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:23 AM
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4. I support a ban on street solicitation...
as soon as we commit to providing safe housing and healthy food for every single individual and at the same time ban corporate solicitation of the people's money
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:23 AM
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5. They don't want to pollute their beautiful minds with such sights
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Ineeda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:38 AM
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6. I wonder if that will include
the firefighters' boot drive, Salvation Army bell ringers, veteran' organizations, and every school-affiliated entity (athletic team, cheerleader squad, marching band, etc.) begging for donations at intersections and grocery store entrances. Or will the ban be limited to homeless and desperate people?
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:21 AM
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9. oh! something for them to think about...
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:48 AM
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10. Amen...I get sick and tired of having a Boots , Pails or whatever jammed in my face...
...at intersections. These "Organizations" are not what they appear to be.
Next time one of these folks call, ask them what percent actually goes to the people it is intended for.
The silence will be deafening. (It's usually 40-55 percent)
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 09:15 AM
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11. That was my first thought too.
It seems like it's really a hazard; all it would take is somebody to hydroplane approaching the intersection.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:49 AM
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7. Not all of us. n/t
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 07:52 AM
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8. "Are there no prisons for these smelly proles." - Scrooge (R)
Edited on Mon Jan-03-11 07:52 AM by SpiralHawk
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:50 PM
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12. Sad
I admit, I get wary sometimes on the street, because some people giving people money have gotten jumped, but the ban on them on the road is silly.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-03-11 08:51 PM
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13. Ain't that just too fucking bad. How bout they beat in your windows and steal your fucking car?
Edited on Mon Jan-03-11 08:52 PM by lonestarnot
Prefer that you annustard LoCicero
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