I'm Mentioned In A Pittsburgh Newspaper
A newspaper in Pittsburgh mentions me in an aritcle about panhandling and anti-panhandling laws. It's a pretty good article. Read it here.
And speaking of panhandling laws, it probably goes without saying that I am against them. It's bad enough the cops will move you along if you try to play your guitar on the street, a pretty basic expression of freedom one would think. As much as they'd like to they have not yet found a way to tell people that they can't ask others for spare change. That damned free speech thing gets in the way. Many cities are continuing in their efforts to get such laws on the books.
Some may wish to point out that it's aggressive panhandling that most of these laws target, but why mention panhandling at all. Many of the most aggressive people I've dealt with did not want a buck from me. They were drunk sports fans. Yet my efforts to have sporting events outlawed gets met with resistance. Make laws that deal with aggressive public behavior period. Specify panhandling and the defintion of aggressive will get stretched. If you punish all panhandlers because of the aggressive ones you'll have to go after all postal workers next.
As for me I will continue my non-aggressive panhandling online and off. Now You Better Give Me Two Dollars. C'mon, Hand It Over. Two Bucks. Don't Say You Aint Got It! Give It Here Ya Weiner! Yeah That's Right I Said Weiner. You're Probably A Graduate Of Weinerville High School. Now Give Me Two Bucks Before I Type Some REAL Obscenities. God Bless.