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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 4:14am

Athens Goes After Panhandlers

Updated: 3 years ago.
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.

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