Chapter 6.37
PEDESTRIAN INTERFERENCE – COERCIVE SOLICITATION

Sections:

6.37.010    Purpose.

6.37.020    Definitions.

6.37.030    Aggressive begging – Prohibited.

6.37.040    Coercive solicitation – Prohibited.

6.37.045    Time of solicitation.

6.37.047    Place of solicitation.

6.37.050    Penalty.

6.37.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate and punish acts of coercive and aggressive begging, and acts of begging that occur at locations or under circumstances specified herein which create an enhanced sense of fear or intimidation in the person being solicited, or pose risk to traffic and public safety. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2887 § 1, 2012; Ord. 2156 § 1, 1997).

6.37.020 Definitions.

The following definitions apply in this chapter:

(1) “Aggressively beg” means to beg with the intent to intimidate or coerce another person into giving money or goods.

(2) “Coerce” or “coercive” means to do any of the following with intent:

(a) To approach, speak or gesture to a person in such a manner as would cause a reasonable person to believe that the person is being threatened with a commission of a criminal act upon the person, another person or property in the person’s possession; or

(b) To approach within one foot of a person for the purpose of making a solicitation without obtaining said person’s initial consent; or

(c) To persist in a solicitation after the person solicited has given a negative response; or

(d) To block the passage of a person, pedestrian traffic, a vehicle or vehicular traffic while making a solicitation; or

(e) To engage in conduct that would reasonably be construed as intended to compel or force a person being solicited to accede to demands; or

(f) To make any false or misleading representation in the course of making a solicitation.

(3) “Intimidate” means to engage in conduct which would make a reasonable person fearful or feel compelled.

(4) “Beg” means to ask for money or goods as a charity, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs, or other means.

(5) “Public place” means an area generally visible to public view and includes alleys, bridges, buildings, driveways, parking lots, parks, plazas, sidewalks and streets open to the general public, including those that serve food or drink or provide entertainment, and the doorways and entrances to buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them.

(6) “Solicitation” for the purposes of this chapter is any means of asking, begging, requesting, or pleading made in person, orally or in a written or printed manner, directed to another person, requesting an immediate donation of money, contribution, alms, financial aid, charity, gifts of items or service of value, or the purchase of an item or service for an amount far exceeding its value, under circumstances where a reasonable person would understand that the purchase is in substance a donation. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2887 § 1, 2012; Ord. 2156 § 1, 1997).

6.37.030 Aggressive begging – Prohibited.

It is unlawful to aggressively beg. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2887 § 1, 2012).

6.37.040 Coercive solicitation – Prohibited.

It is unlawful for a person to make coercive solicitation. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2887 § 1, 2012).

6.37.045 Time of solicitation.

It is unlawful to make solicitation to pedestrians or motorists on public property or public streets after sunset or before sunrise. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2971 § 1, 2014).

6.37.047 Place of solicitation.

(1) It is unlawful to solicit at the following places:

(a) On-ramp or off-ramp to state route or interstate highway;

(b) Within 300 feet of the following intersections identified in Exhibit A, attached to the ordinance codified in this section and incorporated by reference:

(i) SR 528 and Cedar Avenue;

(ii) SR 528 and State Avenue;

(iii) SR 528 and 47th Avenue NE;

(iv) SR 528 and 67th Avenue NE;

(v) Grove Street and State Avenue;

(vi) 88th Street and State Avenue;

(vii) 92nd Street and State Avenue;

(viii) 100th Street and State Avenue;

(ix) 116th Street and State Avenue; and

(x) 172nd Street NE and 27th Avenue NE.

(2) It shall be unlawful for a person to sell, or offer for immediate sale, goods, services or publications, or to distribute items without remuneration, to a person in a vehicle, at the following:

(a) On-ramp or off-ramp to state route or interstate highway;

(b) Within 300 feet of the street intersections set forth in subsection (1)(b) of this section and Exhibit A attached to the ordinance codified in this section and incorporated by reference. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2971 § 2, 2014).

6.37.050 Penalty.

Aggressive begging is a misdemeanor. Coercive solicitation is a misdemeanor. Any person violating this chapter shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment and jail for not more than 90 days or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 3092 § 2 (Exh. B), 2018; Ord. 2887 § 1, 2012).