Panhandling Becomes an Issue Downtown
After recent reports of panhandling, Columbia Police warn about donating money to people on the streets.
Columbia Police arrested Earl Love for soliciting money in downtown Columbia. Love claimed to be collecting money for Mizzou Homeless Alert Action.
After investigation, Police discoverd the group to be fake. Love was collecting money for himself. He was arrested for panhandling and released later.
When it comes to panhandling, city law states that it is prohibited to panhandle within ten feet of an entrance of a building, twenty feet from an ATM, or on any city bus.
Aggressive panhandling, or panhandling with the use of profane or abusive language, is also illegal.
To ensure to the validity of a business, check with the Better Business Bureau's website.
Overall, it is recommended to donate to actual charities and not to people on the street.