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New Program in Atlanta Designed to Stop Panhandling

Atlanta officials will install donation meters in five locations downtown as part of an anti-panhandling effort unveiled Wednesday.

The blue and yellow meters, which resemble regular parking
meters, are designed to encourage tourists and others to insert
their change rather than give it to panhandlers.

Mayor Shirley Franklin says the money collected will be distributed to homeless service agencies.

She says the idea is to direct the money to people who really
are homeless, rather than hustlers who officials say they believe
make up the bulk of the city's panhandling community.

The anti-panhandling push also will include posters discouraging
giving to panhandlers, and referral cards tourists and others can
distribute to direct the homeless to services.


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