The new panhandling ordinance has been in effect in meridian for weeks and appears to be working.
Police say there have only been 2 citations issued so far. Some people think issuing citations is a bit harsh to people who just want to help.
"I can understand if you’re at the stop sign and you see somebody come out with a squeegee and wash your window off; I’ll give them a dollar because I see that they’re trying to make a hustle. I’m not trying to stop a man for their hustle. If someone just expect you to give them something, it’s just about that just don’t set right,” said Radgneal Bryant.
If you’re given a citation – it will cost, you over two hundred bucks.