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.