aerial2
The student news site of Texas A&M University-Commerce

The East Texan

Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

Courtesy+via+Flickr
Courtesy via Flickr

Courtesy via Flickr

Courtesy via Flickr

Imogené Wofford, Entertainment Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Some local people have most likely seen panhandling one time or another such as someone standing on the side of the road, holding up a piece of cardboard with something like “Will work for money” or “spare change”.

Panhandling, sometimes referred to as soliciting, has become a growing issue in Hunt County.

Greenville City Council adopted an ordinance to regulate panhandling earlier this year, similar to the city ordinance of Commerce.

According to a spokesperson for the Commerce Police Department, “soliciting is illegal within the city limits and is classified as a Class C misdemeanor.”

In accordance with Texas law, a Class C misdemeanor is punishable only by a fine because it is the lowest level of criminal offense, with a maximum fine of $500.

Many local businesses do not allow panhandling, or solicitation, on their property.

“We do not allow soliciting here at all,” Broc Hohenberger, manager at Brookshire’s said.

However, if the solicitation is made by an approved group for a fundraiser or other related events, some places allow do it.

“We do not allow soliciting here, unless it’s for bake sales and such,” Bethany Whiteknight, manager at Dollar Tree, said.

Organizations like a school band, a little league team, or local fire fighters can be allowed to solicit money from passersby, as long as it has been approved by the business, that they will be in front of and may be soliciting in front of their business.

In order to solicit on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, individuals must go through the Dean of Students’ office and obtain permission.

“City ordinances do not apply on campus as this is state property,” University Police Department Lt. Bone said.

For more information on city ordinances and policies regarding panhandling and solicitation, visit the City of Commerce’s website, and interested parties can visit the Commerce Police Department or call at (903) 886-1139.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    A Great Man Honors Another

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    Running on Positivity

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    Facebook Battles Against False Information

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    Sodexo’s Food Graded as ‘F’, But Other Factors Come into Play

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    A&E

    Art Educators Workshop Held for Local Instructors

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    With 80% support, the athletic fee referendum fee passes.

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    A League of Their Own

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    Features

    Allergic to North Texas

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    Student-led medical marijuana rally to be held

  • Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

    News

    SGA Hosts Presidential/Vice-Presidential Debates

The student news site of Texas A&M University-Commerce
Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County