LAWRENCE | Lawrence police are encouraging people to ignore panhandlers on private property and just walk away from them.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports panhandling in public areas in the city is legal as long as panhandlers avoid prohibited behavior. Lawrence city prosecutor Jerry Little says it's rare for a panhandling case to go to prosecution.
Lawrence resident Colleen Sims says she has encountered women several times recently who claim to be a victim of domestic violence and ask for money for bus fare or gas.
But Sims says she has seen one of the women drive off in a newer car, and she's offended that someone would use domestic violence as a pretense for soliciting money.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Wichita Eagle
Police spokesman Sgt. Matt Sarna says police classify calls about aggressive panhandlers as nuisance calls.