Greensboro approves panhandling amendment

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — On Tuesday city council approved a proposed amendments to an ordinance that restricts where panhandlers can stand and ask for money.

The city voted unanimously in a 9-0 vote to change the rules where panhandlers can solicit.

Panhandling will be limited to sidewalks, prohibiting them from medians, curbs, sidewalks, cross-walks and in the roadways. Panhandlers must also stay 1,000 feet away from any entrance or exit of a highway and 100 feet from banks or ATM’s.

Greensboro Police Department’s  Deputy Chief Dwight Crotts said changes to the ordinance would comply with state laws on panhandling.

If someone does not comply with the standards, the current enforcement is to issue a citation with a $50 fine.