N.J. Town Requires Beggars to Get Permit

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -

(AP) – A New Jersey town now requires beggars to obtain permits and would punish those who aggressively solicit donations. Middle Township defines aggressive begging as speaking to or following a person in a manner that would cause them to fear bodily harm or otherwise intimidating someone into giving money or goods. Solicitors must obtain a permit, given for free, and cannot obstruct a pedestrian or vehicle, or beg near an ATM or bus or train stop, and in exchange for a service. Fines start at $250 and include possible jail time.