Fargo Police wants to change the way people solicit for moneyFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fargo police are proposing some major changes when it comes to Panhandling in city limits. Changes that will dramatically effect where people are allowed to solicit for money.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fargo police are proposing some major changes when it comes to Panhandling in city limits. Changes that will dramatically effect where people are allowed to solicit for money.
We see them everywhere, men and women holding signs, begging for that spare dollar...many times on street corners just like this.
But if the police department has its way, places like this, where panhandling is legal, will be a thing of the past. And it has those who do this for a living asking why?
Mindi Thompsen/Panhandler: "I don't know, I'll probably go without eating, without paying bills."
Calvin Norman/Panhandler: "Where are they going to leave us to stand if this is the only way we can get anything?"
Mindi Thompsen and Calvin Norman are engaged. Supporting each-other means coming out to this intersection on 13th Avenue South and 34th Street, day after day, to stay afloat.
Thompsen: "We're trying to survive, this is how we eat everyday."
Norman says an extensive criminal record keeps him from landing a job or housing.
Norman: "Probably once a month I'll take a trip down this stretch and see if I can get a job, and you see me today out here holding this sign because I can't get a job."
After a few hours a day, they each leave.
Norman: "I stop at 50 because I'm not greedy, I just want something to eat that day."
Now, the city wants to change where people like this can beg for money. Police Chief Keith Ternes is recommending making it illegal to panhandle in the following places.
Next to bus stops, in Medians, in residential areas, and within 20-feet of any intersection.