New Jersey town is A-OK with beggars, as long as they get a permit

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In one of the more bizarre testaments to government bureaucracy this side of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” Middle Township, N.J., is requiring that beggars obtain a permit in order to solicit donations from passers-by.

The permit comes at no cost and will excuse people who ask for spare change in a nonthreatening manner.  

However, the town will begin punishing individuals who “aggressively beg,” or approach or intimidate a person where they would fear bodily harm.

The new ordinance also forbids beggars from obstructing the path of a person or vehicle as well as panhandling near ATMS, bus stops and train stops.

Fines start at $250, and violators could also face jail time. [Source]

2 thoughts on “New Jersey town is A-OK with beggars, as long as they get a permit

  1. Many panhandle because they are homeless and have no money, so how are they supposed to pay a fine? Oh, that’s right, these “permits” are “free”, that is until they are used for other purposes. I guess they will eventually want to tax any kind of money these people get from the generosity of others.

  2. Need a permit to beg. That’s one way to regulate who is begging out there. I guess the government hates it when people are stealing their money, so to speak. Sick Communist government bastards. LEAVE THE POOR ALONE!!!

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