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Another hot start for the coast and the lakes. With moisture in place, we could see a repeat of the isolated showers and t-storms as we saw yesterday. Highs today will again reach the lower 90's. By Friday and through the weekend, we will see the moisture out and hot temps on the rise. Look for mid and upper 90's by Sunday and Monday.
City of Jasper bans panhandling
JASPER- by Jennifer Gordy
We've all seen them around..but the town of Jasper has plans to get rid of them. We're talking about panhandlers.
Jasper City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night designed to crack down on people with their hands out. Police will issue warnings immediately.
Jasper Police Chief Robert MacDonald says his officers receive panhandling calls three or four times daily.
"They'll walk up to the person while they are getting in their car or unloading groceries, catch them off balance and five them a story.
One of the guys' stories is 'I need a fan belt, I have a flat tire and need to get it fixed.' He has used the story 'my wife is pregnant. Do you have 20 dollars so I can take her to the hospital?,' MacDonald says.
A panhandler came up to Vera Guy outside Wal-Mart. "They approached me and asked me for gas money because they said they couldn't put gas in their car.
Then, they didn't have money for their kids to eat and he didn't have a job. I just told him I didn't have any. I'm just helping myself," says Guy.
Guy thinks the ordinance is a good idea, but Lynn Galloway disagrees with the city council's move.
"Maybe if they got down and out they'd feel differently about it. There's a lot of people who are going to be down and out the way things are looking," stated Galloway. Chief MacDonald says, "When a person is aggressive and panhandling and bothering people in their cars, it affects businesses and restaurants their clientele, it also places a fear in the individual when the person is aggressive. My suggestion to the public is call us and let us take care of it. Don't give them money because they are going to spend the money on alcohol and drugs."
A fair warning for a town with tourism as one of its main sources of income.