Fort Lauderdale to Blow Nearly $30K on Ads Urging Passersby to Stop Giving to Homeless
Officials in Fort Lauderdale apparently think the city needs signs and ads urging passersby to stop feeding loose change to begging beasts homeless people.
The red circle and slash often warn against things like feeding the ducks or petting a seeing-eye dog. And while Mayor Jack Seiler "personally love[s]" using a design tactic so closely associated with animals against the homeless, not everyone is in favor of the idea.
Residents and visitors are creating potential harm by giving directly to panhandlers and, instead, are encouraged to give to non-profit organizations.• Frequently, panhandlers use contributions to fuel chemical addictions and other self-destructive behaviors.• Panhandlers are a detriment to commerce by harassing residents, tourists andbusinesses.• The presence of panhandlers affects the ways in which others use public places.• People's generosity encourages panhandling.• Money made through panhandling enables panhandlers to sustain living on thestreets.• As an alternative to contributing directly to panhandlers, residents and visitors areencouraged to donate to a non-profit or charitable organization of their choice.
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