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Dallas Passes Panhandling Ban
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Meanwhile, in our little Texas town here, we've decided to ban panhandling.

The Dallas City Council banned solicitation near city streets Wednesday in an effort to rein in pushy panhandlers.


The ordinance will prohibit panhandling or sales of any kind on public property near Dallas streets. Solicitation and begging also will be outlawed within 25 feet of banks, ATMs, self-service gas pumps and car washes, pay phones and public transportation stops.

Well, the panhandling is actually quite bad in the DFW area, but I don't seriously believe this "ban" is going to have any real effect.

Why? Here's the penalty:

Violations of the ordinance will be punishable with fines up to $500.

Nice, huh? They're going to stop people from begging by fining them. That oughtta do it.

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