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Soliciting on roads could be prohibited

July 22, 2008 | Virginia News

Ordinance would extend to state highways a ban on panhandling, selling

While stopped at a busy Henrico County intersection this month, Hariet Newman was unnerved by a group of people wearing official-looking identification badges who were approaching cars for donations. Holding out cans, they told her they were collecting money for an out-of-state organization.

She was surprised when she saw a police car drive by without doing anything.

Because it was on a state road, there wasn't much the officer could do, said Lt. Doug Perry, a Henrico police spokesman.

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