Fairlawn requires panhandlers to register

9:53 AM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRLAWN -- Panhandlers in a northeast Ohio town are now required to register with police and prove they are at least 18 with a government-issued photo ID.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that under a new ordinance in Fairlawn, panhandlers can't stand within 25 feet of bus stops, banks or ATMs. They also can't touch or block the path of anyone they are panhandling.

The newspaper reports that since the legislation was passed this month, fewer people are carrying homemade cardboard signs stating they are homeless, unemployed or need help.

One panhandler says he believes the ordinance violates his rights. Leonard Wilson of Akron tells the newspaper he plans to stand on curbs in nearby Bath instead. The 59-year-old said when the economy took a bad turn, so did his life.

The Associated Press

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