One topic that did not get discussed was can the City take any action against pan handling on private property (ie Walmart or the Avenue) without a complaint from the proprty owner? I am not clear on whether or not signs that prohibit panhandling must be placed to make the law enforceable. Maybe this will be brought up at the "workshop".
This is the first city that I have ever visited or lived in that lets this kind of illegal activity persist. These people were rounded up and arrested in Myrtle Beach where I just moved from. No panhandling allowed! To anyone visiting Murfreesboro, this looks like a very bad place to live. Police at least needs to run these people off when ever they see them. I an disgusted with the city for letting this go on for so long.
Panhandling appears to be a HUGE issue in Murfreesboro. I have lived here only a short amount of time, and I have seen large amounts of panhandlers. I will agree that it does not reflect well on Murfreesboro as a city, because there are so many panhandlers spread throughout, not just occasionally, but everyday. It’s a shame that some people turn to panhandling in order to make a living even If they aren’t hurting, like the man who has 6 acres and a house, and is only using the money for lawn mower repair. There are some people out there that are unable to work, and really need money to survive. A big problem that people have found is not only that people use the money for things like TV’s and lawn mower repair, but alcohol and drugs as well. That’s why I think it is so important to donate to charities instead of giving to panhandlers. Murfreesboro police should definitely step it up and start to take action. If people need help that bad, they will go to a shelter. I know you can’t completely stop panhandling in a city, but it is SO bad in Murfreesboro it is ridiculous. The same people, week after week… even month after month? We need to DONATE to charities, NOT panhandlers!