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Sunday, June 07, 2009


Shadow Hare:  Hero, or Panhandling Violator?

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of here.

As previously reported by The Beacon, self-styled Superhero Shadow Hare asked patrons of Mt. Adam’s Pavillion to put money in his bucket.  He said the money would go toward the “Allegiance of Heroes,” and that with the money Shadow Hare would bring as many superheroes to Cincinnati as police officers.  But how does this behavior match the code of conduct put forth by the World Superhero Registry, to which Shadow Hare belongs?  And how does his request for funds match Cincinnati’s anti-panhandling ordinance?

Check out the following key excerpts from Cincinnati Municipal Code 910-12 “Improper Solicitation,” (my emphasis):

WHAT IS PANHANDLING?

The ordinance defines solicit and solicitation as making any request in person while in a public place, for an immediate grant of money, goods or any other form of gratuity from another person(s) when the person making the request is not known to the person(s) who are the subject of the request, or to engage in such activity on private property.

WHEN IS PANHANDLING A CRIME?

It is unlawful to solicit in the following places or under the following conditions:

  1. In any public transportation vehicle.
  2. Within 20 feet of an ATM or entrance to a bank.
  3. From any operator or occupant of a motor vehicle or from any person entering or exiting a motor vehicle.
  4. On private property without permission of the owner.
  5. Between the hours of 7pm and 7am; or between 8pm and 7am (DST)

(...)

It is unlawful for any person to knowingly make a false or misleading representation in the course of soliciting. False or misleading representations include, but are not limited to the following:

(...)

2.  Stating that the donation is needed to meet a need that does not exist.

(...)

Whoever violates the panhandling ordinance is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Additionally, the World Superhero Registry has standards listed on their FAQ.  Check out this excerpt:

Another common reason for delaying or refusing addition to the World Superhero Registry is an apparent commercial incentive. If you are a paid spokesperson for an organization, or trying to promote a business or band by pretending to be a Real-Life Superhero, you do not fit The Registry’s definition of a Real-Life Superhero.

Is Shadow Hare engaging a questionable commercial incentive when he asked patrons at Mt. Adam’s Pavillion to give him a donation?  Further, is it legal for him to ask for money since (1) we don’t know his identity, (2) the request might have occurred during banned hours, and (3) the need he purports to fulfill does might not exist?


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  1. Urbanists II is Dead says:

    In other words, since the Mount Adams Pavilion is a privately-owned business and not a public space, your post is meaningless and your time writing it would have been better spent working?

  2. Obsessed says:

    There is an un-healthy obsession going on here. Is it a HARE bit Envious!!!????

  3. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Urbanists:

    Read more carefully.  Here—I’ll excerpt out of order, with notations.

    1.  It is unlawful to solicit in the following places or under the following conditions:

      4. On private property without permission of the owner.
      5. Between the hours of 7pm and 7am; or between 8pm and 7am (DST)

    So, while he may have had permission to panhandle on private property, I’m not sure one can panhandle on private property after 7pm (8pm DST).

    And…

    It is “panhandling” when the person making the request is unknown, and when the panhandler states “that the donation is needed to meet a need that does not exist.”

  4. Donald says:

    Can you prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there is no need to bring more superheroes to Cincinnati?  grin

  5. Jones says:

    And just exactly what are you going to do about the panhandlers Downtown & in the neighborhoods who accost passers-by making specific requests, i.e., for something to eat, bus fare, get a tow truck because the car broke down & they needed to be in Chicago 2 hours ago, which is all a bunch of hooey, when you think you’ll be the Mayor?

    When you’re making your campaign rounds & doing your research, stop by the Kroger’s off Mitchell Ave. toward the end of the month, then motor Downtown & walk around. There’s no escaping them.

    BTW, and these individuals do not have panhandling licenses, either. They’re all dope addicts, drunks & con game individuals. They’re more annoying than the petition people Smitherman had camping out in Downtown, threatening people to sign. I told them in Swahili I didn’t speak English & the dumbos didn’t understand me.

    First, it’s the Hare. Then Melva again. Then the Hare again. Geez Dean, you’ve got some sort of problem going on. Rather creepy & perverted.

    Go Hare!

  6. Urbanists II is Dead says:

    well, a pox upon me.

  7. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    So sorry Jones.  I’ll practice talking about everything at the same time.

  8. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Can you prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there is no need to bring more superheroes to Cincinnati?

    No Donald, we could use a real superhero. This guy is a fraud.

  9. C'mon now says:

    Shadow Hare is a goof. Reporting on his activities though is just as goofy and bizarre. With so much important stuff going on in this city, seeing more than one article on this doofus makes me seriously question the Beacon’s priorities.

  10. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Fuck Shadow Hare.
    I’ll get rid of him once and for all.

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