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Ban Short North Soliciting

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    JonMyers
    Participant

    We have the idiotic signature gathering efforts of individuals posted all over the Short North.

    “Do you have a minute for the environment?”

    “Do you have a minute for jobs?”

    It’s basically exploiters using dumb kids and stunts that try and force you to engage. It’s infuriating.

    We also have the crackheads with their hands out asking for money who are nice enough to call men sir and approach them directly at their car window before they even get out.

    Lastly, we have the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless arming people with those worthless newspapers with instructions to come to the neighborhood with their hand out and “ask for donations.”.

    The constant interruptions are really annoying. It kills business, is a quality of life issue and thus, limits growth opportunities for the neighborhood.

    The moment a visitor parks a car, motorcycle or bike in our neighborhood they are likely to have to push away at least four solicitations as they walk down High street.

    If you’re a resident, forget it. You’re going to get hammered constantly.

    Is there any policy or enforcement mechanism to put a stop to soliciting?

    Is anyone else fed up with the non-stop solicitations?

    #384548

    greenhouse1014
    Participant

    #384549

    chrisat4th
    Member

    I actually agree that it is a problem. The law is really open for it right now though – my ex wife got scammed by someone a few years ago, and what I found from that experiance is that it is actually even ok to lie to someone to get money. Soliciting is actually not even a little bit against the law unless you are actually being threatening.

    #384550

    Paul
    Participant

    I agree that it is extremely irritating and bad for business.

    I used to live in Victorian Village, and I couldn’t walk down High St. to pick up a pizza without getting panhandled at least twice.

    While Columbus does have big city aspirations, is soliciting/panhandling really the aspects of a ‘big city’ that they want to embody?

    #384551

    chaptal
    Participant

    We were out last night and got hit up to save the environment by some doofus in a sombrero. Then there was another for Save the Children, and a third to save Lake Erie. They seem to be taking the panhandlers turf as were were not approached by any last night, a rare feat.

    After dinner we were again approached by sombrero kid to save the environment.

    #384552

    DavidF
    Participant

    Downside of free speech. I’d rather have it than the alternatives.

    #384553

    Tenzo
    Participant

    chaptal wrote >>
    We were out last night and got hit up to save the environment by some doofus in a sombrero. Then there was another for Save the Children, and a third to save Lake Erie. They seem to be taking the panhandlers turf as were were not approached by any last night, a rare feat.
    After dinner we were again approached by sombrero kid to save the environment.

    You don’t care about Lake Erie, the environment or children!?

    #384554

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    I must have perfected the “Fuck Off” body language after working downtown. A quick step, a pair of sunglasses and an ability to ignore people works pretty effectively.

    #384555

    blammo
    Participant

    fuck those fuckers

    #384556

    chaptal
    Participant

    Tenzo wrote >>

    chaptal wrote >>
    We were out last night and got hit up to save the environment by some doofus in a sombrero. Then there was another for Save the Children, and a third to save Lake Erie. They seem to be taking the panhandlers turf as were were not approached by any last night, a rare feat.
    After dinner we were again approached by sombrero kid to save the environment.

    You don’t care about Lake Erie, the environment or children!?

    Not when I need to get a drink, no.

    #384557

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    One time I made it from the brewery (Barley’s) to the North Market without somebody asking me for money. “SORRY!, DON’T HAVE ANY EXTRA MONEY!” is all I gotta say…

    #384558

    columbusfoodie
    Participant

    Not saying the constant soliciting isn’t annoying, but what else do you expect to happen when a formerly blighted area gets revitalized?

    Just because it’s *the* place to live, work, and play these days doesn’t mean that those who used to live, work and play there (with all of the negative connotations that had over a decade ago) still don’t have a stake in doing so. Same distance from home, on the bus route, and plenty of money/people/traffic. It’s a price of gentrification.

    I can remember hanging out at Salem West back in the day and there were people walking in there harassing poor AJ’s customers trying to get them to buy stolen steaks from the Kroghetto.

    Still, wouldn’t trade any of it. Any way you cut it, the area is a whole lot safer than it used to be. I’m perfectly capable of saying “no”. There are ways to do it without being a douche. That’s usually all it takes.

    #384559

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I try to say ” SORRY!, DON’T HAVE ANY EXTRA MONEY!” without sounding like that… But i really don’t have any extra money…

    #384560

    CheeseFoodie
    Participant

    LOL… had some kid last night try to sell my the Dispatch, I told him “I’m unemployed right now and can’t afford it”, he said “but I only need one more point to get my trip to…”.

    #384561

    I did register voters today for the holiday, so I hope registering voters doesn’t count as soliciting.

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