DOWNTOWN GROUP TAKES AIM AT ABERDEEN PANHANDLERS

Not to surprisingly, when times get tough, more and more people are choosing to look to the generosity of strangers to get a little extra money. At high traffic areas in Aberdeen, the number of panhandlers has skyrocketed in the last year, but not all of them are people looking for spare change to pay bills to or buy food. The Downtown Parking and Business Improvement District says some are looking for money for illegal activities, a point that some new signs the group will be posting are designed to draw attention to.  Mayor Bill Simpson says the signs are based on ones in Spokane that say most of the money given to panhandlers goes to drugs and alcohol.

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