Such a limp-wristed approach has only served to encourage begging, so much so it has become a business of the wrong sort for some, with attendant intimidation and threats.
City beggars 'ignoring ban orders
'Trespass notices are not enough to keep beggars from hassling Asians in Auckland for money and cigarettes, a business owner says.
Last Thursday, the Herald reported that five rough-sleepers had harassed customers in Esquires Cafe on Courthouse Lane.
One became unruly after being asked to leave. Police arrested him, and he was later given a trespass notice banning him from the premises.
On Friday, police were again called to the cafe after three men and two women hassled Asian diners there.
The beggars were all given trespass notices.
The cafe owner, who wanted to be known only as Ms Li, said those who were trespassed were banned from entering Esquires, but that did not stop them loitering around the outdoor seating area where smoking customers were, because it was outside the cafe.
"I have called the police more than 10 times, but most of the time, by the time the police get here, all the people are gone," Mr Usui said.
Next door, the manager of Courthouse Lane Grocer, Manvir Singh, said theft and abuse from homeless people was a regular occurrence.
If the police are unwilling to enforce trespass notices and Auckland Council refuses to ban beggars then is it any wonder begging is on the increase. It is business owners and passers-by who pay the price, as will the Auckland economy if the intimidation spreads to visitors from cruise ships.
It needn’t be like this. When the ineffectual, limp-wristed approach led to boy racers terrorising city streets fifteen years ago, it took a strong Mayor in John Banks to take the bold initiative and ban them from the streets. Lo and behold, the problem disappeared overnight.
We will need another strong mayor, backed by strong Councillors who don’t fall for the Cathy Casey bleedin’ hearts nonsense if we want to make central Auckland safe again.
This is a case of give some people an inch and they will take a mile. Begging is a choice in New Zealand, and a very lucrative one if the stories I’ve heard are true. All the bleeding hearts are doing is salving their own consciences and enabling bad behaviour. There is much evidence that proves that providing money to beggars often means that the money is used for activities (such as drugs and alcohol) that bring greater harm than good to the community, according to the City Mission.
There have been calls to fine those doing the ‘enabling’. Now there’s a thought. It certainly beggars belief that the Police and Council refuse to tackle this problem.