The Transit Authority Implemented The Anti Panhandling Ordinance

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In October 1989, the Transit Authority began an informational campaign called “Operation Enforcement.” This program was designed to inform the public about the banning of begging and panhandling in the subway. There were over 20,000 “Operation Enforcement” posters distributed for this campaign. The posters were hung in sight and contained a list of acts prohibited on the subway. “No panhandling or begging” was found among the acts listed. The posters also stated that anyone who panhandles in the subway would be arrested, fined, and/or ejected from the subway. At the time that the Transit Authority implemented the anti-panhandling ordinance, there were two homeless men named William Young and Joseph Walley who panhandled in the subway. They were frequent panhandlers of the subway known to the Transit Police. Even though Young and Walley recognized the “Operation Enforcement” program posters, they ignored it and continued to panhandle in the subway. When the police approached Young and Walley, they told the two men that they could no longer panhandle because of the amendment and that they needed to stop or leave the subway system. Both plaintiffs also said that since the establishment of the “Operation Enforcement” program, they were told to vacate the subway platforms and cars. The plaintiffs said that their conduct consisted of them asking people who walked by them for money and answering any questions that riders might have had.
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