City benches in Durango are being moved to prevent panhandlers from loitering near businesses.

The Durango Herald reports that Durango Antique Market employee, Justine Hall, requested to have a bench moved from the storefront in early May. The bench was gone before she went to work the next day.

Hall says panhandlers would loiter on the bench for hours, blocking the store window and preventing potential customers from window shopping.

Lance Logan says it's only some members of the panhandling community that give everyone a bad name. He says he was asked to leave a bench in front of Del Sol Durango, and later the bench was moved.

The city manager assistant says benches can be moved at the request of merchants to reduce panhandling and for other reasons.