Is Panhandling Illegal? Phil Smith with EPD Has Answers [AUDIO]
I'm sure we've all experienced someone asking us for money, while waiting in traffic. Maybe along Green River Road, under the Lloyd, or in a parking lot. We were actually approached by a woman in a vehicle at Meijer, asking if we had some cash to spare. Sometimes, legit organizations are collecting donations, but how do we really know where the money is going, and is panhandling legal? We took our questions to the man with answers, Officer Phil Smith with the Evansville Police Department.
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