Central Leader - - LETTERS -

There have been many views ex­pressed lately about the Gov­ern­ing Body of Auck­land Coun­cil mak­ing a bylaw to ban beg­gars.

Hav­ing worked as an Auck­land Dis­trict Court reg­istry of­fi­cer I have seen ju­di­cial re­luc­tance to fine home­less and of­ten al­co­holic peo­ple forced be­fore the courts.

The po­lice are also not suf­fi­ciently re­sourced to file charges against the un­for­tu­nate and des­ti­tute.

Beg­ging should not be an of­fence.

Com­pas­sion and car­ing are more ap­pro­pri­ate than pun­ish­ment for those who end up beg­ging on the streets.

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