City of Hampton asks for people to stop giving money to panhandlers

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HAMPTON, Va. (WSET) -- The city of Hampton is in the process of putting up signs to discourage panhandling.

According to WTKR in Virginia Beach, the sign will read, “Please don’t encourage panhandling. The city and local nonprofits help the homeless.”

City officials believe giving money to nonprofit organizations go farther and will help more people. WTKR reported that the signs will be posted along several streets.

Many cities in Hampton Roads have ordinances to control panhandling, however, Chesapeake city officials said they don’t prohibit solicitation due to recent federal court decisions.

A new ordinance in Portsmouth and Newport News reads that panhandlers can be charged with a misdemeanor if they are aggressive.

Panhandlers aren't allowed to try and get people's attention by playing music or holding signs in Newport News and it's illegal to panhandle at bus stops, within 20 feet of public property, and before sunrise and after sunset in the city.

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