A police survey says that panhandlers stationed outside the Wal-Mart in Coos Bay can make up to $300 a day. That’s what clerks stationed inside the Wal-Mart may earn in a week. Police Officers claim that there is no legal remedy to this phenomenon; asking for money is considered protected free speech.
According to Captain Rodger Craddock; “most have lived in the city for a long time and have homes. This is just their chosen profession.” While asking for money is not a crime, lying to the public for money is. There should be a complementary police survey that counts the number of panhandlers or their signs that say “I have nowhere to sleep tonight.” or other lies about what and who people are actually giving their money to.
However, this news should not diffuse the seriousness of poverty and homelessness. A majority of people in such conditions can barely have food and shelter at the end of the day, let alone $300.