Detroit —Panhandlers who ask for change from people who are waiting in line for food, at an ATM or who act overly aggressive could be fined and face jail time under a new city ordinance set to go into effect here next month.What the ordinance says
Under Detroit's revised three-page panhandling ordinance, people are allowed to beg except when they:
Force themselves on another person.
Block their way.
Continue to beg after a person reacts negatively to the request.
Touch an individual, or approach or talk to someone in a way that "would cause a reasonable person to fear imminent bodily harm or the commission of a criminal act."
Solicit on property that has a "no solicitation" sign.
Violators face up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. The ordinance also spells out "no begging" zones — within 15 feet of a public toilet; automatic teller machine; bus, train or taxi station; a business where people are lined up; or an outside seating area.
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