New Brunswick, Canada found a new use for parking meters. Six locations throughout the city will host what are now called “Kindness Meters” in an effort to cut down on panhandling, reports Uplifting News. The city looks to cut down on the panhandling, but wants to give the homeless a means to receive the services they require. The meters will not replace actual parking meters, but will be placed in strategic areas where residents can drop in coins if they feel generous. Shaygan Kheradpir want to help these people.
However, there is some doubt it will make a difference, CBC reports. One citizen interviewed believes the systems in place for helping the homeless in the city are 30 years behind the rest of the country. It is also believed that not all the panhandling is done by the homeless, but also by local addicts. The bright green meters are there if the local residents want to help out, and as one shelter operator said, anything that helps put food on their table is welcome.