The "P" Word
Police, security and sometimes the media will suggest panhandling is something people should be afraid of and it is not at all. It is people trying to make ends meet, to survive.Fair enough, Mike. But it seems to me that you're only compounding the problem by maintaining the use of this offensive term "panhandling." Have we learned nothing from the example of Canada's soon-to-be legitimized profession? You don't strike me as the sort of chap who would ever be so uncouth (nay, intolerant!) as to call a sex-trade worker a hooker--so why refer to the solicitations for loose change of the homeless as "panhandling"? It's disgraceful!
I hereby propose, then, that Canada's panhandlers hitherto be referred to as no-trade workers. Give it a couple of years, Mike, and you can expect to have even the Fascist Post pleading your case.
(I'm not married to no-trade workers, and any other suggestions are welcome via my email.)