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Should begging for money be illegal?
People who are begging can block access to local businesses, streets, or residences.
indicate that people support banning panhandling near ATMs, because the presence of a person begging nearby makes them nervous about withdrawing money.
Tourists may avoid cities or areas known to be frequented by large numbers of people who are begging for
-- because they do not want to be reminded of social issues and poverty while on vacation or because they associate begging with crime.
Beggars have just as much of a right to use public spaces as any other citizen.
Regulations can be implemented to avoid begging in areas (such as entrances) where accessibility might be severely impacted without having to make begging illegal.
Many citizens are not allowed to
block common walkways
in areas as they could become as much of a hazard.