Paterson passes law to ban panhandling at drive-through windows | Paterson Times

Paterson passes law to ban panhandling at drive-through windows


The City Council has passed an ordinance to prohibit panhandling at drive-through windows.

Council members enacted the law following a public hearing without opposition on Tuesday night.

“Hopefully, this will be an effort to curb people from utilizing drive-thrus to raise money for their habits,” said councilman Michael Jackson, main sponsor of the measure, referring to drug addicts.

Public safety director Jerry Speziale last month told council members the measure is aimed at closing a loophole in a 2014 ordinance that forbid vagrants, gangs, and others from blocking the entrance of a business.

However, the five-year-old ordinance did not cover obstruction of drive-through and walk-up windows.

Violators face a maximum fine of $2,000, 90 days jail time, or 90 days of community service, according to the ordinance.

“This is a tool so that police do not have to wait for the restaurant owner to call. They see them — there’s enforcement,” added councilman Luis Velez.

Council members approved the measure in a 9-0 vote.

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  • bigron

    Refreshing. Is Jackson going to enforce this with his Ohio plated rape van?

  • SamiAm

    Jackson is the main crop charging entry is free at his stupid Jacksonville when that's illegal he's a fucking crook this guy

    • John

      What? Now explain in English please.

  • John

    Paterson is so upside down. Anyone with even a half brain would have thought that panhandling anywhere would be illegal. When is Patersons Legal Citizen going to have a Police force and a Government that runs a city in a Law Abiding Civilized way?

  • Winning

    Seems like you are targeting one Group…….