Town centre traders in Spalding are being warned to stay alert after shop owners were approached by a man asking for cash.
The warning comes from The Crescent Traders Association after a shop owner was confronted by a man in Francis Street car park last Thursday where she was asked for money.
The trader, who asked not to be named, said: “I’d just left my shop and these men who were hanging about in The Crescent looked at me.
“When I got to the car park, I couldn’t find my car keys so I ended up walking out of the car park and that’s when a man asked me whether I had a spare 60p.
“I was taken aback when he asked me, even though he didn’t appear threatening in any way, and I said that I didn’t have any money.
“It was difficult to report it to the police because he hadn’t stolen anything or threatened me, but then other traders told me he had been in their shops asking for money.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “Potentially, this is begging which is illegal in certain circumstances and if a member of the public feels uncomfortable or threatened in any way, they should call us on 101 and we’ll deal with it.”