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North Charleston's mayor expects more panhandling due to new Charleston ordinance

Source: WCSC Source: WCSC
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

North Charleston's mayor said Tuesday he expects to see more panhandling in his city after a new law goes into effect in Charleston that bans the practice at intersections in that city.

Effective September 18 anyone who begs for money in the City of Charleston will face a fine of $1,092.

Drivers who stop and give money to beggars will face the same fine.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says his city may have to pass a similar law to convince panhandlers to stay away.

"We're probably going to be looking at an increase in them, work with our legal staff and police department to come up with a solution."

Summey says North Charleston has an ordinance that makes it illegal to stand in the roadway to collect money.

Violators could face a $500 fine or 30 days in jail.

However the ordinance does not address people who beg for money at intersections.

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