by Victoria & Anniston, Age 14
Is Panhandling a Problem? Should panhandling be legal or illegal?
There are millions of people on the side of the road, streets, and elsewhere
Loads of cities allow panhandling meanwhile, other cities are more strict about it. In Cincinnati, panhandling within 50 feet of schools is considered illegal and begging is banned near ATMs, parking meters, and restaurants. In 2015, Utah banned panhandlers from soliciting in traffic. The same year, Atlanta outlawed panhandling through a downtown area.
In some places, you are required to have a license for panhandling. In other places, instead of ticketing or arresting the panhandler, they offer them temporary work with pay. In a recent survey, 94% of panhandlers use the money they get from donations to simply purchase the food they need.
There are many approaches to panhandling, but you can not physically go up to someone and beg for their money. Some examples of what you can do would be simply holding up a sign or politely asking everyone that passes your way on the streets.
One way that could help get rid of a lot of the panhandlers would be to offer them temporary
Next time you walk by a panhandler, think about what you could offer. You could give food, gift cards, or your own “panhandler bags”. The bags could include water, small snacks, chapstick, and hand sanitizer. Or would you walk right by them? Imagine being in their shoes. In general, panhandling has a harmful effect on society and measures should be taken to limit it.
Look around, what do you see?
As you move from place to place where you live, you can observe social issues that help you to think about our society. It invites you to learn more about what you see by doing some research, asking questions, or making it a topic to write about. You could even send it to B! by visiting submit.
Research and Works Cited:
“Anti-Panhandling Laws Spread, Face Legal Challenges.” The Pew Charitable
“Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.” Center for Problem-Oriented Policing | Problem Guides
| Panhandling, www.popcenter.org/problems/panhandling
“Facts About Panhandlers.” Stop
Handly, Jim. “Should You Give Money to Panhandlers?” NBC4
Washington, 3 Dec. 2014,
“5 Ways to Best Help Panhandlers and the Homeless.” Marcus Brotherton | Official Site of New
York Times Bestselling