City's Lone Panhandler Calls Its Quits After Getting Outlawed

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - The lone panhandler in the fast-growing Cleveland suburb of Medina is calling it quits after the city outlawed aggressive soliciting.

"I'm quitting," said James Bradley, 56, believed to be Medina's only panhandler and known to many for standing curbside with a handmade cardboard sign that reads "Will Work for Food."

Bradley said he recently qualified to receive federal assistance. He said that money helped convince him to stop asking for help.

Bradley also said he was tired of the abuse he sometimes gets from motorists, including name-calling and having food and coffee thrown at him.

Council recently passed an ordinance to prohibit certain forms of aggressive soliciting. Police Chief Dennis Hanwell said the measure would be difficult to enforce and might be unconstitutional.

Bradley, who said he rarely collected more than $30 in a week, said people sometimes stopped to give him food.

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