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Panhandling is a growing problem in Charlotte.

It is a problem that CMPD has taken into serious consideration by putting together a task force to get these aggressive panhandlers off the streets.

"Panhandling in and out of itself is not illegal. When it becomes illegal is when it is done in a manner that makes people uncomfortable," said Captain Mike Campagna with CMPD.

These panhandlers can be very persistent and most end up with around $150 a day.

CMPD has partnered with the Urban Ministry Center and Men's Shelter and surveyed frequent panhandlers in Charlotte. They found that the majority of panhandlers Uptown are not regulars in the area and they are not homeless.

Charlotte has an ordinance that prohibits aggressive panhandling, which includes:
*Asking for money after dark
*Asking for money a second time, after someone says no
*Asking for money from someone who is standing in line
*Asking for money within 20 feet of an ATM, bank Taxi stand, bus stop, light rail station, or outdoor dining area
*Asking for money on the bus or light rail

CMPD says if you are the victim of an aggressive panhandler to call police right away.


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