In a setback to International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON, the California Supreme Court has ruled illegal soliciting being done by the Hare Krishna members at the Los Angeles airport. It upheld a Los Angeles ordinance that makes it illegal to ask for money on the sidewalks and in the terminals of the airport.
As such the ruling rejected a series of federal court decisions that had allowed the International Society for Krishna Consciousness — the Hare Krishna organisation — to ask people for money at the Los Angeles airport since 1997, when the local ordinance was enacted. According to The Los Angeles Times, travellers often are in a hurry, and the airport often is crowded, Justice Carlos R Moreno wrote for the court.
Panhandling may increase congestion, cause travellers to miss flights, and subject them to possible intimidation and even fraud, he said.