In a municipality in Canada, beggars in Salmon Arm could be fined $50 if they are caught on the street or sidewalks. Since this fine was announced, the internet is doing what it does best by expressing their opinion on the topic - and it's not polite.
According to Global News, Salmon Arm has become the latest municipality in BC to impose a fine for panhandlers seeking money. During a council meeting earlier this week, the bylaw amendment was passed that will allow officials to fine anyone $50 for asking money on city streets.
This fine will be given to those who are caught sitting or lying down on sidewalks asking for money from those who pass by.
Panhandling on streets and sidewalks was already outlawed in the city due to a bylaw that passed in May of this year. This bylaw prevents people from soliciting money within 15m of any bank machines, cars, or other public spaces in the city.
Council members have called this fine a last resort, stating that they do not want to use it but it is implemented for their disposal.
Since the bylaw was passed, the internet has been showing their outrage. Many people are questioning how something like this could be effective, given that the people who are panhandling do not have money to begin with. Paying a $50 fine would be next to impossible.
@cbcnewsbc This is an example of stupid policy— your name (@your name)1562889934.0
Others are questioning why you would take money from those who are struggling. Some social media users agree that there is a problem with panhandling, however, a solution like this may not be the right way to go about it.
@cbcnewsbc Criminalizing poverty.— 💀 (@💀)1562890188.0
@cbcnewsbc Being poor IS NOT A CRIME. This is an asinine policy of charging people WHO HAVE NO MONEY, forcing them… https://t.co/mkJZ3UKOur— Em (@Em)1562950017.0
Many people are calling for the proper addressing of difficult topics like homelessness and poverty.
@cbcnewsbc Ridiculous . How are they going to pay it ? We should be looking into other options to help them then just fining .— Bri (@Bri)1562898554.0
@cbcnewsbc Sounds like a poverty tax!— Andrew Langdon 😷 (@Andrew Langdon 😷)1562890777.0
Salmon Arm is not the only BC city to have bylaws targeted at beggars. Penticton recently passed a bylaw that allows officers to fine people $100 for sitting or lying on a downtown street or sidewalk. While the law in Penticton's case only applies to select streets, the Salmon Arms bylaw applies to all areas year-round.
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