Washington, D.C., Suburb Pushes Regulations on Panhandlers?
WHITE OAK, Md. – Vanita Smith sat in the grassy median of a busy road in Montgomery County, Md., her body balled-up underneath her blue poncho to keep warm.
When the traffic light turned red, she uncoiled herself and showed drivers her sign -- "Homeless. Hungry." -- and walked past their cars.
Over four hours, she said, she usually makes between $20 and $25. But there's a cost, too.
"You lose your self-esteem out here," she said.
If three state legislators get their way, it will be harder for homeless people like Smith, 40, to earn money panhandling in Montgomery County, Md