So, my friends, you can see that buskers by definition are not peddlers. We simply don't walk around and we don't travel by foot and we don't attempt to take anything and we certainly don't go house to house. We simply stay put, perform, and accept gratuities. Tying the peddler definition to a busker is ridiculous. That being the case, the City of Charleston doesn't really have any ordinances or rules for buskers. The limitations apply to peddlers, artisans, and charitable solicitors. None of those definitions apply to buskers. This really begs the question: if there really aren't any ordinances for "buskers", then why are we banned from the market? What legal right do they have to keep us out? Go to http://www.charleston-sc.gov/shared/docs/0/restricteddistricts-color-20121029.pdf to see the map of restricted zones. I don't see anything stating buskers are restricted anywhere. If we are restricted, the map needs to reflect the restricted zones for buskers and the city needs to establish rules of conduct for "buskers". If no restrictions are established, and we are being kicked out, then is it possible that Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being overlooked? See http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
Um..yeah...busking is the same thing as peddling....sure... (sarcasm).
So, I guess that means that I'm supposed to just walk around with my guitar in my hand, walk up to people, sing for them, ask for money or encourage them to tip me, and have a little tip jar on my back for people that want to run up while I'm walking and surprise me by dropping a five. Clarence, looks like your gonna have to just keep walking with your xylophone in your hand and stop people in their tracks to play a song for a business deal. After all....we are peddlers, right? Oh, and we should also go house to house too. Most of them are on broad street I think. Maybe we can get together on someones' front porch and sarenade the people.
Or, I can be a regular good ole fashioned busker who sits on a corner playing beautiful classical guitar music that graciously accepts tips from people if they wish to thank me.
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