Newtown Police Want Penn State Kids to Take Their Cancer-Fighting Fundraiser Elsewhere, Thank You

Bah! Humbug!

You there! With the altruistic nature and giving heart! FREEZE!

You there! With the altruistic nature and giving heart! FREEZE!

One of our favorite things in regional media is reading the blotter items from the Newtown Township Police Department. Where else are we going to learn about efforts to disperse “large groups of juveniles” who are loitering after the football game?

Still, this item seems a little mean-spirited:

“At approximately 8 a.m. an officer witnessed several students from Penn State University soliciting money on Sycamore Street on behalf of THON and pediatric cancer research. Officers were aware that police had received several calls from representatives from the university asking about laws regulating the ‘canning practice’ and had been advised that the activity is illegal. The officer advised the group leader of the law and provided them with a copy of the statute. The students left the roadway and no further incidents were observed.”

Well, and thank God the Newtown Township Police Department is here to save citizens from the horrors of being asked to contribute money to save children from dying of cancer. These are the kinds of violations that just make a place less livable, right? THON has reportedly raised more than $100 million for pediatric cancer research over the decades—but we’re guessing that few of those dollars have come from Newtown Township. [Bucks Local]


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  • Hard to Believe, Harry

    Let’s keep Newtown free of good intentioned young people. In fact, let’s keep Newtown free of all good people! I’ll shop elsewhere!

  • Work For It

    Get a job Instead and contribute your earnings to the cause
    It is wonderful that the young people want to help with a worthy cause, however standing in traffic to ask for money doesn’t seem like much of an effort on their part or provide any lesson in life. I think these energetic individuals would be better served if they earned the money for this noble cause by working for it and donating their pay. Just a thought

    • taps

      These young students are “volunteering” their time….obviously something you have never done!

  • Charity Starts at Home

    What are we teaching our young people when their charitable efforts are discouraged and not recognized. How many young people do you know are up before 8 AM on the weekemd?

  • Joel Mathis my Hero

    I’m not sure I understand what the police officer/department did wrong. Canning is illegal, and he told them to stop doing it. This isn’t the police officer’s fault for enforcing the law, it’s actually what they get paid to do. Actually, the University called and was told it was illegal, but still knowingly decided to break the law anyway. Their lucky they weren’t arrested. If the law regarding Canning is wrong, it’s the lawMAKERS that the article should be directed to. But thanks Joel, for keeping the fight against the cops alive!