Report Fake Monks in NYC

If you see fake monks handing out gold tokens or aggressively begging or panhandling, in New York City it is considered an emergency situation. If it occurred in the past or occurs repeatedly at the same location, officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations.

Call 911 to report the panhandling in progress. Otherwise, you can report past panhandling at this form over at 311.


“Monks, it is just as if a donkey were following right after a herd of cattle, saying, “I too am a cow! I too am a cow!” Its color is not that of a cow, its voice is not that of a cow, its hoof is not that of a cow, and yet it still keeps following right after the herd of cattle, saying, “I too am a cow! I too am a cow!”

In the same way, there is the case where a certain monk follows right after the community of monks, saying, “I too am a monk! I too am a monk!” He doesn’t have the other monks’ desire for undertaking the training in heightened virtue, doesn’t have their desire for undertaking the training in heightened mind (concentration), doesn’t have their desire for undertaking the training in heightened discernment, and yet he still keeps following right after the community of monks, saying, “I too am a monk! I too am a monk!”

— (AN 3.81)

Legal Considerations

N.Y. Administrative Code. LAW § 10-136

Pertinent clauses bolded for emphasis.

Definitions.
For purposes of this section:

  1. “Aggressive manner” shall mean:
    1. Approaching or speaking to a person, or following a person before, during or after soliciting, asking or begging, if that conduct is intended or is likely to cause a reasonable person to
      1. fear bodily harm to oneself or to another, damage to or loss of property, or the commission of any offense as defined in section ten of the penal law upon oneself or another, or
      2. otherwise be intimidated into giving money or other thing of value, or
      3. suffer unreasonable inconvenience, annoyance or alarm;
    2. Intentionally touching or causing physical contact with another person or an occupied vehicle without that person’s consent in the course of soliciting, asking or begging;
    3. Intentionally blocking or interfering with the safe or free passage of a pedestrian or vehicle by any means, including unreasonably causing a pedestrian or vehicle operator to take evasive action to avoid physical contact; or
    4. Using violent or threatening gestures toward a person solicited.
  2. “Solicit, ask or beg” shall include using the spoken, written, or printed word, or bodily gestures, signs or other means with the purpose of obtaining an immediate donation of money or other thing of value or soliciting the sale of goods or services.
  3. “Public place” shall mean a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access, and includes, but is not limited to, any street, highway, parking lot, plaza, transportation facility, school, place of amusement, park, playground, and any hallway, lobby and other portion of an apartment house or hotel not constituting a room or apartment designed for actual residence.

Prohibited acts.

  1. No person shall solicit, ask or beg in an aggressive manner in any public place.

Penalties.

  1. Any violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than sixteen days or by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars, or by both.

– See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/ADC/10/1/10-136#sthash.5JOAxqYw.dpuf