Skip to main content
This section is included in your selections.

A. General Definition. For the purposes of this chapter, an individual (solicitor) coerces, threatens, hounds, or intimidates another (solicitee) when:

1. The solicitor’s conduct would cause a reasonable person in the position of the solicitee to fear for his or her safety; or

2. The solicitor intentionally blocks the path of the solicitee; or

3. The solicitor persists in following the solicitee closely, while the solicitor continues to demand money or other thing of value, after the solicitee has informed the solicitor by words or conduct that the solicitee does not want to give money or other thing of value to the solicitor to which the person demanding payment is not entitled under law.

B. “Solicit” means to ask for money or goods as a charity, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs or other means.

C. “Solicitor” is one who solicits as defined in subsection (B) of this section.

D. “Fear for Safety” Defined. The following facts, among others, may be considered in deciding whether a reasonable person would be caused to fear for his or her safety:

1. The occurrence of threatening gestures or other threatening conduct of the solicitor, including following the solicitee.

2. The proximity of the solicitor to the solicitee and the duration of the solicitation.

3. The making of physical contact with the solicitee.

E. “Intentionally block” means to walk, stand, sit, lie or place an object in such a manner as to block passage by another person or a vehicle or to require another person or driver of a vehicle to take evasive action to avoid physical contact. (Ord. 1243 § 1 (part), 1993)