City of Griffin now prohibits aggressive panhandling

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance prohibiting aggressive panhandling. As specified in the ordinance,“solicitations for immediate donations of cash, food or other things of value in an aggressive manner” is now a criminal offense in Griffin. City officials made clear this ordinance is in response to […]

Police chief: prohibiting all panhandling would be unconstitutional

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton said despite some citizen complaints regarding panhandling, the city does not have a significant problem with the issue. “What we’ve had is centralized complaints of homeless folks sitting, standing and approaching people in the downtown area and at Wal-Mart. I don’t think I’d characterize it as […]