When does panhandling become harrassment or even attempted robbery?
Many times I have been approached by beggers, who have followed me after I have told them no and continued to ask for money. This has forced me to leave the area I was in.
When being approached by two or more beggers at once, I have wondered if they where going to try to take money from me by force.
I have had homeless people try to get into my personal car in parking lots with me still in it.
The question I have, is when can a citeizen take a stand in self defense when being approached by a pandhandler?
There needs to be laws that these people cannot approach you in any way.
There are laws, panhandling is actually against the law. they are probably expecting you to call the police so that they can get in out of the cold. sometimes, they will go so far as to get arrested so that they are inside for a while.
Sometimes, they will become too aggressive, then just say, "I said no. Are you trying to take money I don't have?" If they look as if they are trying to rob you call the police. Most of the time, they will go away.
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