I was reading about a town in Florida that had a no loitering statue for private property and was being challenged by a panhandler.
There was this man that owned a restaurant that had an outdoor café but was in contact with neighborhood panhandlers that detracted from the restaurant experience. The patrons at the restaurant did not want to have people begging for money while they ate their meal, but the panhandlers said that were actually in the street which was not part of the restaurant’s property.
The problem was that the restaurant felt that the panhandlers were loitering because they were directly in front of their restaurant. The town later passed a city wide ordinance banning panhandling altogether. Many cities are now doing this and imposing fines for panhandling, but the problem is that the panhandlers have no money so how are they going to pay the fines?