As the city continues its study of the possibility of stopping the practice of street-median panhandling, I’ve heard rumblings that a compromise may be in the works that would allow the practice to continue, conditionally.
Instead of stopping the practice completely, panhandlers who stand on medians or otherwise enter the roadways to solicit donations, may be forced to wear bright orange safety vests in order to operate.
This according to a self-described veteran panhandler I had a conversation with at the courthouse on Monday.
He was there to pay a police-issued ticket he was handed for soliciting from drivers.
He said he was okay with the idea, as long it allowed him to continue to make a living.