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Some cities have or are trying to ban aggressive panhandling. The concern is that people, who ask for money, may do so by blocking the path of someone, become threatening, and/or harm local businesses. In some cities, those who need money may come up to vehicles at intersections and either ask directly for cash or provide a service (like clean your windshield) in return for payment.
On one hand, yes, it can be uncomfortable for the person who is being asked. On the other hand, it is also uncomfortable for the person doing the asking. Panhandling is not noble occupation. It is demeaning. Yet those who do not have enough can find themselves needing to do it.
Stopping someone from asking for money is eliminating that person's freedom of speech. Deciding what is meant by "aggressive" places everyone as judge and jury, with inconsistent results. Would a better solution be providing increased services to those do not have enough? If yes, what should those services be?
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