NH1 Investigates: Is panhandling a problem for Nashua businesses?
NASHUA - NH1 News brought you the story of a beloved Nashua restaurant, Villa Banca, when it closed its doors.
Business owners speculated why the popular restaurant one day just shut down. After asking people around the city, NH1 found that a lot of business owners blamed the closing on lack of foot traffic downtown.
But what is keeping people from Main Street?
"My wife will not come downtown unless she is with someone, and she just doesn't want to be exposed to this," said one city employee.
Several businesses are blaming panhandling for lack of foot traffic and failing business. Police recognize the problem.
"You know put a fishing analogy to it, you're not going to go to a place that is dry with no fish." said Lieutenant Bryan Marshall of the Nashua police.
"I can tell you I go to banks to make deposits, and I am panhandled every single time," said a city employee.
Nashua's mayor said they are correcting the problem and doesn't think panhandling is an issue. But others say that is where the problem lies.
"City hall needs to change, their attitude needs to change," said a city employee.