loitering

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Last week, after we aired a segment on creative methods of discouraging teenage loitering, listener Jennifer Army sent us the following email:

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The First Amendment protects the freedom to assemble peacefully – and incidentally, the freedom to loiter in front of downtown storefronts nationwide.  And yet, shopkeepers persist in employing any means possible to drive away teenage yobs (as the British call them) without sending away paying customers.