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Opening Arguments


Won't work:

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis initiative unveiled on Thursday aims to combat the city's panhandling problem while simultaneously helping the needy. 

Tamper-proof boxes will be installed where residents can give to agencies that reach out to people in need, rather than giving cash to panhandlers, 6News' Julie Pursley reported. 

"The Boxes" as Mayor Greg Ballard's office calls them, will be placed strategically throughout the downtown area where panhandlers frequent over the next few days.

I'm sure the agencies will make good use of whatever money they get from the boxes. But those who panhandle tend not to have much to do with intermediaries. When they don't stop begging, people will stop dropping any money in the boxes. Next experiment, please!


Larry Morris
Fri, 05/23/2008 - 8:19am

They tried that in Houston a number of years ago and, guess what, didn't work. You're right, people who panhandle don't like working with anyone in the middle, ...

Bob G.
Fri, 05/23/2008 - 8:33am

Or working (at all) in the "traditional sense" it seems...