Twerking panhandler spotted in Albuquerque
June 14, 2018 07:08 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It's a scene many of us are all too familiar with. People on the side of the roads asking for money. Some plant themselves on the freeway on and off-ramps, others on busy street sidewalks.
But Monicka Padilla saw something she hadn't seen before at the intersection of Central and Tramway, women dancing suggestively for money.
"It's embarrassing to be from here and for people to do that. It's so embarrassing," she said.
The video she recorded shows two women dancing in the median. One swings around the street pole. In another video, a different woman is seen twerking right next to a stopped car. Padilla says they were out there for at least thirty minutes.
"They were just doing their thing over here with their sign. They were high fiving each other. People weren't stopping to give them money at all," she said.
Padilla shared the video on Facebook and says it's been seen over 120-thousand times.
A spokesperson for the City of Albuquerque says the provocative dancing at the intersection is not illegal.
The Albuquerque City Council passed an ordinance in November to make interactions between drivers and so-called pedestrians against the law in these traffic areas.
But the ACLU stepped in and filed a lawsuit, saying it was unconstitutional and violated free speech rights. In February, the City of Albuquerque announced that it would not enforce the ordinance while it was going through the courts.
But Padilla says there has to be a limit to what can be allowed.
"They kept doing it. They were laughing. People kept telling them that was gross. They just kept doing it. There are people who drive around with their kids and stuff."
Updated: June 14, 2018 07:08 PM
Created: June 14, 2018 03:28 PM
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