What is aggressive panhandling?

Oklahoma City has an ordinance prohibiting and defining aggressive panhandling.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Published: October 1, 2012
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What is aggressive panhandling?

• Continuing to beg or solicit from a person after the person has refused.

• Touching another person in the course of begging or soliciting without that person's consent.

• Using violent or threatening gestures which are likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction from the person who is being asked for money.

• Closely following behind, ahead or alongside a person after a refusal.

• Using profane, threatening or abusive language during or after begging or following a refusal.

• Begging or soliciting money from anyone waiting in line for tickets, entering a public building or riding on public transportation.

• Begging or soliciting in a manner with conduct, words or gestures intended or likely to cause a reasonable person to fear imminent bodily harm, danger or damage to or loss of property or otherwise to be intimidated into giving money or any other thing of value.

• Begging or soliciting in a group of two or more persons in an intimidating fashion.

• Begging, soliciting or panhandling within 20 feet of an outdoor seating area of any cafe, restaurant or other business, an ATM, mass transportation stop, public teller or pay phone.

• Begging, soliciting or panhandling after dark.

Source: Oklahoma City municipal code

Ordinance No. 22655, § 3, 2-8-05


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by LeighAnne Manwarren
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LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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