City of Wichita faces opposition to proposed panhandling law

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Some Wichita residents are voicing their opposition to the city's plan to crack down on panhandlers. 

A change to the city's ordinance would prohibit the exchange of items like food and money between drivers and people in the streets. 

Panhandlers and drivers would face a city fine if they block traffic. Opponents say the ordinance it too vague and makes giving to someone as much of a crime as asking for a handout. 

"I don't feel it's the right way to try to fix the problem," said Christopher Parisho. "It's putting a Band-Aid on it and creating a group of criminals in the process out of people who just want to help someone."

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Along with a fine of up to $500, violators of the proposed ordinance could face 30 days in jail.

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