Buffalo May Consider Licenses For Panhandlers

Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) -- People who beg in buffalo might someday have to have a license and ID tags.

With more residents and business owners complaining about aggressive panhandlers, city officials are considering ways to curb begging.

One city council member says a license application for panhandling in public places is a possibility. Under that plan, beggars would have to submit basic information about themselves and wear identification tags when they're soliciting.

One gas station owner tells the Buffalo News that beggars sometimes hit up his customers while they're pumping gasoline.

Other panhandlers approach cars at intersections or wait for senior citizens to leave church to seek handouts.

Last month, the state's highest court ruled that the City of Rochester can fine aggressive panhandlers to keep them away from motorists.

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