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  • Why is busking illegal in many places?

    I can understand if you set up some bagpipes, drums or other loud, obnoxious instrument. Or if you are blocking pedestrian traffic.

    But other than that, why the crackdown on 'em?


  • #2
    I think it ISN'T illegal in most places in America...freedom of speech kinda thing trumps laws against vagrancy/begging. But it's regulated in some places and you need a permit and crap. My old band made some decent bank last summer busking, it was alot of fun. Great way to spend a nice night downtown.
    Originally Posted by rhino55


    hi.flyer is to banjo as gennation is to fat whores

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    • #3
      Because it's a pain in the ass, it makes people uncomfortable, and panhandlers can drive away shoppers.
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      Originally Posted by gennation


      Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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      • #4
        http://www.last.fm/user/pinkfreudHC

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        • #5
          Because SAXOPHONE.

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          • #6
            I can understand if you set up some bagpipes, drums or other loud, obnoxious instrument.


            Casual racism.
            "You ill mannered sack of ****************e."

            Kylie Minogue

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            • #7
              Busking is illegal in many places because it is loitering + begging + an instrument (or instruments).
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              Originally Posted by StankNasty


              the dream isn't in your parents' basement

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              • #8
                I don't see it as begging, though.

                A busker isn't actually interacting with someone, asking them for money. All they have is an open case, which you can choose to ignore as you walk by. No one is getting hassled, as opposed to "hey, can you spare a dime?"

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                • #9
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busking_(U.S._case_law)

                  "In the United States there have been numerous legal cases about regulations and laws that have decided the rights of buskers to perform in public. Most of these laws and regulations have been found to be unconstitutional when challenged. In the US, free speech is considered a fundamental right of every individual, guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth constitutional amendments, and in the majority of legal cases it has been concluded that practicing artistic free speech is legal. Busking is legally considered to be artistic free speech and clearly not panhandling or begging."
                  Originally Posted by rhino55


                  hi.flyer is to banjo as gennation is to fat whores

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                  • #10
                    Because it's a pain in the ass, it makes people uncomfortable, and panhandlers can drive away shoppers.


                    Yeah. Sometimes those of us with real jobs need to be able to walk on the sidewalk without tripping over a bunch of smelly hippies with guitars.
                    Brian

                    "it aint nothin' but a jam"
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                    • #11
                      A couple years ago, I saw a guy busking, in Nanaimo I think it was. Even from a distance I could tell it was a cool guitar he was playing. When I got closer I saw it was a ES-5, the original model with three p-90s. Swee-eet.

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                      • #12
                        In Miami, as we left for lunch, an old black with an Epi Dot and a pignose would play a blues shuffle as wealked by and sing "Goin' to lunch, Gonna have some lunch, Have a good lunch..."

                        On the way back he'd sing, "Comin' back from lunch, had a good lunch, whatchoo have for lunch?"

                        I always gave him some money.
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                        Originally Posted by gennation


                        Negatory, even dressed as a man I'm more of a man than you.

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                        • #13
                          Because SAXOPHONE.


                          There used to be a guy who would wander around the Union Square/Market area playing jazz sax all the time and it was awesome, especially at night. It was like being in a detective film.

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                          • #14
                            He ate all of the crackers, and then he ate all of the cheese.

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                            • #15
                              When I'm in Nawlins I always busk a bit. Its a tradition.
                              Originally Posted by Notes_Norton


                              I'm sorry for the rant, but death threats, hate mail, and hundreds of pizzas not picked up really irks me.









                              Originally Posted by Mossy Moss


                              I liked you better as your previous alt. Now you're just a giant walking vagina filled with sand and yeast.

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