Aggressive panhandling will be banned at downtown exit ramps

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 4:41 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- St. Louis City officials are planning to take action against aggressive panhandlers begging for money on highway exit ramps.

The aggressive panhandling has forced residents in a condo building off of Highway 40 and 14th Street to move while many others have decided to take a different route just to avoid them. 
 
Officials tell News 4 that signs will be placed throughout downtown and will be clear that aggressive begging is not allowed and violators could be jailed.

“It gets us out of the problem of having people being uncomfortable and feeling that they are practically being assaulted,” Bill Siedhoff, City of St. Louis official, said.

Two well-known advocates for the homeless, St. Patrick Center and Better Family Life, agree with police that panhandling on the sidewalk or an exit ramp needs to be stopped.

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