Wed., October 12, 2011 8:14am (EDT)

Athens Goes After Panhandlers
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATHENS, Ga.  —  
Officials in Athens are proposing a new ordinance to crack down on panhandlers in the Classic City’s downtown area.  (photo-Je Kemp)
Officials in Athens are proposing a new ordinance to crack down on panhandlers in the Classic City’s downtown area. (photo-Je Kemp)
Officials in Athens are proposing a new ordinance to crack down on panhandlers in the Classic City’s downtown area.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the new ordinance would ban panhandling near banks, ATMs, sidewalk cafes, bus stops, taxis and parking meters, and while standing in line to enter a business.

Athens-Clarke County officials say there’s been a spike in complaints about aggressive panhandling.

If the ordinance is eventually approved, it would apply countywide, but panhandling is most prevalent in downtown Athens.