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(Sun Sentinel)   Charity illegally feeds the homeless in West Palm Beach. In other news, it's illegal to feed the homeless in West Palm Beach   (sun-sentinel.com ) divider line
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2007-10-08 02:39:41 AM  
stay classy, florida!
 
2007-10-08 02:41:15 AM  
It's illegal to feed the homeless in many places. Just another law (restriction on freedom) I ignore.
 
2007-10-08 02:41:55 AM  
Hey, a while back I read that an old guy went to jail for a week in New Jersey for feeding ducks, which was apparently against an ordinance backed by a homeowners' association. Go figure. The stuff they can put you away for these days...
 
2007-10-08 02:44:07 AM  
There are ways to legally feed people on public and private property, DNRTFA, but I'm guessing the charity failed to do so properly. Permits and inspection is required for food service of any kind, a good rule, imo.

/nice troll headline though.
 
2007-10-08 02:44:17 AM  
Las Vegas actually made a law making it illegal to give food to a homeless person. But on top of that, they also tried to rid city parks of the homeless people by making it illegal to sleep within 500 feet of human feces.

I'm sure many Farkers recall these stories.
 
2007-10-08 02:45:13 AM  
i223.photobucket.com
 
2007-10-08 02:45:25 AM  
They have this all over Florida. Several groups that feed homeless people are suing cities over this, but I don't think there are any solid decisions yet.
 
2007-10-08 02:45:46 AM  
Make 'em work for yah;

www.geocities.com

/'nuff said
 
2007-10-08 02:46:43 AM  
looks like good food too....give me a plate.
 
2007-10-08 02:47:09 AM  
don't feed the pigeons either... those rats with wings...
 
2007-10-08 02:48:55 AM  
This is good. People shouldn't be charitable on their own. We have to rely on the government to take care of people. The government clearly knows what's better for all of us, and we need to trust them to take care of charity type situations. Acts of generosity have no place in this society unless strictly controlled and operated by a government entity.

/yes that is sarcasm.
//wishes I didn't have to point that out...
 
2007-10-08 02:50:47 AM  
Twigz221: This is good. People shouldn't be charitable on their own. We have to rely on the government to take care of people. The government clearly knows what's better for all of us, and we need to trust them to take care of charity type situations. Acts of generosity have no place in this society unless strictly controlled and operated by a government entity.

/yes that is sarcasm.
//wishes I didn't have to point that out...


That.
But give to a charity that knows the difference between the actually needy and pan handlers. There is a difference.
 
2007-10-08 02:50:48 AM  
Prov. 22:9 He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

That being said, it's not a crime to be homeless nor should it be illegal to feed hungry people.
 
2007-10-08 02:54:41 AM  
except for mistletoe. its okay to feed them that.

I've been looking for a PSA on mistletoe deaths and murders this year since they are already selling it and I live next to psycopaths.
 
2007-10-08 02:55:19 AM  
Considering how much of a nuisance it creates when people get handouts and therefore expect more, such a law makes sense to me.
 
2007-10-08 02:56:22 AM  
falkensmaze:
it's not a crime to be homeless


yet. i hate quoting socialists, but "the law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
 
2007-10-08 02:57:46 AM  
Easy solution to the homeless problem: sell homeless hunting permits.
 
2007-10-08 02:59:50 AM  
I have been homeless so I am really getting a kick out of these replies.

/not fun
 
2007-10-08 03:00:34 AM  
Edipis: falkensmaze:
it's not a crime to be homeless

yet. i hate quoting socialists, but "the law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."


Not always...Sex offenders live under bridge
 
2007-10-08 03:01:07 AM  
You know where is good to the homeless?

California.

/You can chill if you're homeless.
 
2007-10-08 03:01:13 AM  
Dude obviously it's illegal, you feed them and they keep coming back and breeding and stuff. Soon we'll have too many homeless running around being pests.
 
2007-10-08 03:08:31 AM  
falkensmaze:

Not always...Sex offenders live under bridge


i wonder if they pick up the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their radios.
 
2007-10-08 03:10:08 AM  
emnar

Considering how much of a nuisance it creates when people get handouts and therefore expect more, such a law makes sense to me.

I hope you're trolling. What should they eat? Semi-decomposed leftovers from the garbage? Making it illegal to give homeless people food is heinous.
 
2007-10-08 03:13:10 AM  
falkensmaze: Prov. 22:9 He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

That being said, it's not a crime to be homeless nor should it be illegal to feed hungry people.


It sure as hell should be. You may have some rosy image of homeless people as smiling thankful stalwarts but that's because you're stupid enough to give them your change. I can't say this is true for all of them, but most of them are greasy, ruthless and often crazy motherfarkers. My favorites are the ones downtown who hang out in parking lots and slash your tires if you don't pay them.
 
2007-10-08 03:17:05 AM  
dickkead:
Bumfights (new window)
 
2007-10-08 03:24:27 AM  
moothemagiccow: falkensmaze: Prov. 22:9 He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

That being said, it's not a crime to be homeless nor should it be illegal to feed hungry people.

It sure as hell should be. You may have some rosy image of homeless people as smiling thankful stalwarts but that's because you're stupid enough to give them your change. I can't say this is true for all of them, but most of them are greasy, ruthless and often crazy motherfarkers. My favorites are the ones downtown who hang out in parking lots and slash your tires if you don't pay them.


You're assuming that I give them change, but in that you're completely wrong. However, many people are just a few paychecks away from being homeless in the good old USA...the land of plenty. I have no "rosy" images of the homeless as you claim, but I do know that there are plenty of homeless in my community that are homeless through no fault of their own due to poor economy & a lack of jobs that pay enough to buy food & keep a roof over one's head. I'm not talking about those who are homeless because of drug & alcohol problems because they brought that on themselves.

That being said, I'm sorry that you've had such poor experiences with the homeless that you feel this way. We have homeless in our community too that are far from desirable to be around, but a lot of the ones I've had contact with are decent, hard working people that don't beg or steal, but are doing their damndest to get back on their feet.
 
2007-10-08 03:24:55 AM  
What about the CIA puttin' secret things in people's food...

/THE GOVERNMENT!
 
2007-10-08 03:25:45 AM  
Another anarchist ground doing what nees to be done. I work with FnB near here. Most enriching experience in my life.

/Solidarity, not charity
 
2007-10-08 03:26:48 AM  
*group, i'm a loser.

I don't hear the trolls talking about immature, bomb throwing radicals now. We do more than protest, dudes.
 
2007-10-08 03:29:58 AM  
"All you do is look at yourself in the mirror and say 'Why?' There's no answers, no answers," said J.J. King, 52, who is homeless.

Hey, that homeless guy has a mirror? Poser!
 
2007-10-08 03:32:25 AM  
chaaaaaange...
 
2007-10-08 04:05:11 AM  
anonymous: I've been looking for a PSA on mistletoe deaths and murders this year since they are already selling it and I live next to psycopaths.

Baldur particularly agrees with this sentiment.
 
2007-10-08 04:26:11 AM  
Jument: Easy solution to the homeless problem: sell homeless hunting permits.

Meh I don't know about that, you have to figure out if they are homeless or not. Some just try to appear homeless for extra money.

Generally from what I have found is that the genuinely needy will sit and talk to you about their life and troubles. They like to socialize. The ones who are out for a quick buck want money and nothing else.
 
2007-10-08 04:30:55 AM  
FTFA: ...Food Not Bombs...

Why am I not surprised. Half the farkers here would cry, piss, and moan if somebody handed out a religious tract with a meal if a church was feeding the homeless, but leftwing propaganda is AWWWWRIGHT!!! OTOH, food to people who otherwise would go hungry is better than giving a bum change which he'll just spend on getting lit. Let them serve the food. The only reason they go to different places to do this (and always without proper authorization or permits) is to get attention.

"Wah wah, they care more about bombs than the hungry; look at them try to shut us down, boo hoo!"
 
2007-10-08 04:50:22 AM  
falkensmaze:
That being said, it's not a crime to be homeless.


Well It may not be a crime to BE homeless there are cities where there is no way to be homeless without breaking the law.

Palm Springs,CA
It is against the law to sleep on the streets,park or anywhere "public"
It is ALSO against the law to sleep in your own vehicle, even if said vehicle is a VAN with a bed and divider to the seats
Sleeping in a private area of course is trespassing

I got caught with the vehicle and had to go to court, once I got there and as I was in the middle of saying the word homeless the judge got a ticked off look on his face and threw it out there and then, as well as court costs

As for Feeding, if it is done in a proper way Ie: lines, neatly then they can bite my ass.
If it was not for some people who drove by and gave out food occasionally I would go a few days without food.
I have panic attacks around crowds of people (4-5+) lines of 40 heck no, I could never go to the Thanksgiving/Christmas because of the amount of people (all staring at me, knowing somethings wrong, knowing about my past)
 
2007-10-08 05:21:52 AM  
ssrat: falkensmaze:
That being said, it's not a crime to be homeless.

Well It may not be a crime to BE homeless there are cities where there is no way to be homeless without breaking the law.


Somebody call the wahhhmbulance. That's the whole farking POINT of those laws, genius.
 
2007-10-08 05:22:40 AM  
Food not Bombs

*puts on goggles*
 
2007-10-08 05:32:51 AM  
How the fark does anyone presume to tell me who I can give my food to?

Does this also mean I can't sit in the park and share my sandwich with my best buddy? Technically, he's not in a home either... and presumably, the homeless will eventually get to their home as well... whatever it ends up being.

How is it I can give one guy a sandwich, but not give one to another guy... just because it's gonna take him longer to get "home?"

Actually, fark all the semantics... if I've got a sandwich I don't want. fark you if you think you can tell me who I can give it to.
 
2007-10-08 05:37:16 AM  
technicolor-misfit: How the fark does anyone presume to tell me who I can give my food to?

Does this also mean I can't sit in the park and share my sandwich with my best buddy? Technically, he's not in a home either... and presumably, the homeless will eventually get to their home as well... whatever it ends up being.

How is it I can give one guy a sandwich, but not give one to another guy... just because it's gonna take him longer to get "home?"

Actually, fark all the semantics... if I've got a sandwich I don't want. fark you if you think you can tell me who I can give it to.


Too bad there aren't more people in the world (and in this thread) who think like you.
 
2007-10-08 05:43:51 AM  
Crosshair: Generally from what I have found is that the genuinely needy will sit and talk to you about their life and troubles. They like to socialize. The ones who are out for a quick buck want money and nothing else.

Or they are trying to con more money out of you.
 
2007-10-08 05:45:14 AM  
technicolor-misfit: Actually, fark all the semantics... if I've got a sandwich I don't want. fark you if you think you can tell me who I can give it to.

Amen.
 
2007-10-08 05:52:19 AM  
I think Jesus was homeless, or did he have a McMansion tucked away in suburbs of Nazareth.
 
2007-10-08 06:00:29 AM  
They are not sleeping in boxes to gather vermin.
They are sleeping in boxes to win the war
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2007-10-08 06:09:51 AM  
FTA Two city residents argued with organizers about whether the food caused more harm than good. They said that with hard work, the homeless would have homes.

Oh, it's that simple, eh? I was homeless for two years (through no fault of my own) and was more that willing to do hard work. Here is reality. You tell a prospective employer that you are homeless. Prospective employer tells you, "Thanks for stopping by, the door is on your left." Simple fact, when you hit rock bottom and have nothing it's farking near impossible to get started again without some kind of help.
 
2007-10-08 06:24:14 AM  
moothemagiccow: Somebody call the wahhhmbulance. That's the whole farking POINT of those laws, genius.

Please point out where any government is granted the authority to make it illegal to be without a residence.
 
2007-10-08 06:54:50 AM  
technicolor-misfit: How the fark does anyone presume to tell me who I can give my food to?

Because there are a lot of weirdos who would prepare a fantastic looking spread of good food and serve it up laced with arsenic. Failing that, there are a lot of good intentioned retards who would serve up a big spread of ill-prepared food and make a lot of people sick.
 
2007-10-08 06:57:51 AM  
pudgyv: FTA Two city residents argued with organizers about whether the food caused more harm than good. They said that with hard work, the homeless would have homes.

Oh, it's that simple, eh? I was homeless for two years (through no fault of my own) and was more that willing to do hard work. Here is reality. You tell a prospective employer that you are homeless. Prospective employer tells you, "Thanks for stopping by, the door is on your left." Simple fact, when you hit rock bottom and have nothing it's farking near impossible to get started again without some kind of help.


Exactly! Also, very few cities offer any kind of help, beyond missions/shelters for the homeless & even then those are generally overcrowded & do little to help people get back on their feet. When you're looking for a job, one of things you need to provide is a contact address & the local mission doesn't allow people to use their address when job seeking. As you said, being homeless makes it difficult to find a job & it makes matters worse when a supposedly "Christian" organization puts such barriers in the way of people trying to dig their way out of poverty & homelessness & better their lives. Fortunately, we have an additional option locally for the homeless called the Service Station. It relys on donations to keep afloat & offers such services as allowing job seekers to use their facility for a contact address, free local phone calls, shower facilities, free laundry facilities & a bag lunch for anyone who wants one. The people at the Service Station know that you need to be clean & well groomed when looking for a job.
 
Ra_
2007-10-08 07:05:26 AM  
The 2% with 98% of the wealth better do something about the starving masses
before they go all Russian Revolution on their asses.
 
2007-10-08 07:05:40 AM  
WhyteRaven74

Actually, in point of fact, South Africa has declared, in its constitution no less, that homelessness is criminal. The difference, however, is that they consider the perpetrator of the crime and ultimately responsible party to be the government.
 
2007-10-08 07:13:53 AM  
EatHam: Because there are a lot of weirdos who would prepare a fantastic looking spread of good food and serve it up laced with arsenic.

Then maybe it should be illegal to feed people arsenic, rather than just outlawing feeding people altogether. Talk about throwing away the baby with the bath water!
 
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