Atlanta plans to ban panhandling in the downtown area and other tourist’s attraction. The Begging Urban-outdoorsmen Movement (BUM) has said that they will protest at city hall. One protestor and BUM said, “I’ve been working the area (begging) for years now and have finally been promoted to the position of right next to the ATM at the Underground. Now they go and do this, and I’ll have to find a less lucrative place out in the suburbs. You got some spare change?”
BUM has vowed to beg the city to reconsider and will not stop until they change the law or collect enough change to get drunk. Joe Beasley, who heads the regional office of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, says. “How dare the city try to keep these unfortunate, lower class, and homeless people from becoming drunk. How horrible would it be if these people had to live in their condition sober.”
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