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]