I recently posted a letter to our current mayor around the city of Kamloops panhandling issue.
We currently have a problem at Summit and Columbia. We have people that will be standing on the median jumping into traffic for money.
Two days ago I witnessed an RCMP officer arrive at the Columbia and Summit intersection and put this guy in handcuffs. Same guy that was put in handcuffs was back up on the median jumping into traffic.
Today when I witnessed him on the median I called police and soon as he saw police he ran but he didn’t get far. Today I talked to the dispatcher — she said they have probably gone up there over 100 times in the past few days and I’m sure bylaws would agree it’s a problem area.
I would like to see what Kelowna has done in their high volume intersections and put signs: “No Panhandling” and the fine amount. If they are caught fines should be strictly enforced . Every day you can see someone in that intersection.