SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – It’s a sigh of relief for some Utahns after a federal judge said a Utah law is unconstitutional. To panhandle or not? That was the question today.
You see them on the side of the road with signs asking for work or help. That law was struck down today, which prevented panhandlers from trying to make ends meet. “There's a lot of work out there if you're stable, but it's very unstable at the shelter because bus fare is hard,” said Tom, a panhandler who talked about his situation.
He has been on and off the streets while looking for a full time job despite his past. “I'm basically just hearing impaired and just basically when through a life of trauma,” he said.
Utahns against the law said these are just simple ways of getting a helping hand. “You can't have no money in this country. It's almost like it's against the law to not have any money. Everybody needs a little help now and then,” commented Royce Bradley, who’s glad the law was revoked.
Tom hopes he can get the help he needs get back on his feet. “I have hope for next week and I'm going to try hard on Monday,” he said.