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Should begging for money be illegal?
Begging for money should be illegal.
Banning begging would encourage beggars to find sustainable work.
When people give money to beggars, they are not able to give it to other causes which can help people in need more effectively.
Begging on sidewalks and streets can be disruptive and pose safety issues for a city.
Begging can be exploitative.
It is illegitimate to ask for money without doing something in return.
Begging discourages the government from implementing more efficient social welfare programs.
Unless behavior is threatening or disruptive, the bar for what is made illegal should be very high. It sets a precedent that minor inconveniences can/should be banned.
Criminalizing begging could reinforce unfair stereotypes against beggars.
Criminalizing begging would be very expensive to enforce.
Enforcing a ban against begging is likely to produce cruelty.
Begging is necessary for some people's survival.
It is not the place of governments to decide who can ask for help and who can be given it.
If begging for money is illegal, then everyday actions we take right now would be illegal. This would create an economic collapse.
If beggars are permitted to openly beg, it grants them visibility to government agencies and charities and allows them to receive targeted relief which they may not be able to seek out for themselves.
Banning begging does not solve the problems that cause people to beg.
When governments fail to uphold their duty in protecting their citizens from extreme poverty, it is wrong to punish these failed citizens by banning begging.
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