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(Herald Tribune (SW Florida))   You might think that electrical outlet next to a picnic table in the park is there for public use. Think again. It's a trap   (heraldtribune.com) divider line 265
    More: Florida, picnic tables, Darren Kersey, Sarasota Police Department, National Coalition for the Homeless, pavilions, Anthony Frangioni  
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2012-11-13 07:42:24 AM

HotWingAgenda: Why on earth would anyone want a problem?


Because some people derive a sense of satisfaction from solving problems?
 
2012-11-13 08:33:44 AM

HempHead: Oznog: Charlie Freak: Didn't I hear it costs less an $1/year to charge an iPhone? "In this bad economy" my ass. As long as they're not causing a disturbance and yield to anyone who has reserved the shelter, let them charge away.

Electricity costs about $0.10/KWH here. The iPhone battery is 3.7v at 1.44 amp-hrs, or 0.0053 KWH. Let's say the charging process is only 50% efficient- he still only used all of A TENTH OF A PENNY of electricity here, presuming it was a full charge. $0.0010656, to be exact.

I hope this measure against the freeloading homeless has fixed your budget crunch. Asshole.

If you own a Tesla, you can charge it free at the city hall.


Not to mention the $7500 Federal Tax credit you get for buying one. In CA, the state will throw another $2500 at you. So, they'll provide free power for you $100K car, plus give you $10,000.
 
2012-11-13 08:35:22 AM
Welcome to the next 4 years of Obama. You voted for him, now deal with it.
 
2012-11-13 09:59:28 AM

Buffet: What the Fark is a homeless person doing with a cell phone?? Get a home first.


Not Sure if Serious.

You do know that cell phones are so dirt cheap now that you can get a little prepaid one for about $20, right? You can pick them up at Wal-Mart, hell, the grocery store down the block has a rack of them for sale. Might not have lots of bells & whistles, or a huge amount of airtime, but you can get them for less than the cost of a good meal, for cash, with no questions asked.

Housing requires lots of money (bare minimum of hundreds of dollars, nearly a thousand, for the cheapest shiatholes, between initial rent, apartment and utility deposits & application fees), most likely a credit check, and having a steady enough income to keep paying the rent and utilities.

The time when a cell phone was a toy of the rich and a luxury item was more than a decade ago. Cheap prepaid phones have been around since before 9/11 (I know, my first cell was a basic little prepaid in 2000, cost a couple hundred up front, which was still cheaper than an apartment, and airtime was about $0.40/minute, and prices have only gone way down since). Nowadays cities are actively pulling out payphones on the assumption that everyone has a cell phone.

It's an order of magnitude easier to be able to afford a minimal cell phone than afford even the most basic of housing.
 
2012-11-13 10:04:34 AM
Not usually the person to say "What a dick head cop!"...

WHAT A DICK HEAD COP
 
2012-11-13 10:15:48 AM
Ugh. Stories like these make me ashamed to admit that I am from Sarasota...a nice part of the city, too; right near SMH and Southside Elementary...and that mall...I can't remember what it's called now, but basically right at the intersection of 41 and Webber.

My family was far from affluent; the best Christmas we ever had as kids was the year my mom was able to get on unemployment and get some help from a local charity to buy Christmas presents. We left for Pittsburgh when my parents divorced (dad stayed and died there last Thanksgiving; prescription pills overdose...shocker, right?) and thankfully it is much easier to be poor here in Pittsburgh than it is down there in Florida. It's why I still won't go back, despite missing my friends and the scenery terribly.
 
2012-11-13 10:36:47 AM

Okoboji: Though I applaud the judge for having a brain and throwing the case out, at the same time one thing really sticks in the back of my head:

You're homeless.... WHY DO YOU HAVE A CELL PHONE?! McDonalds can hire you on the spot and the local tech firm, once they smell the urine and garbage, isn't going to offer you the open CEO position.


1. Homeless people have cell phones because you can get a cheap prepaid phone for $10 or $20, cash, on-the-spot, no questions asked. With cities pulling out payphones because they assume everybody has a cellphone, it becomes more of a need since urban planners assume everyone has it.

2. If it was as easy to get a job as "McDonalds can hire you on the spot" we wouldn't have high unemployment. Last April, McDonalds had a publiciy stunt of hiring 50,000 people on one day, April 19th 2011. They had over a quarter million people apply online in advance, and a total of over 1,000,000 people applied in total. Yeah, they had 20 applicants for every McJob they had to hand out.

You're the McManager, and you've got multiple applicants for every job, are you really going to hire the homeless guy over the high school kid or the college student wanting a side job or the grandmother wanting a job in retirement to supplement her Social Security?
 
2012-11-13 10:48:29 AM

TomD9938: smitty04: Hollywood discovered that if you are helpful towards the homeless, they start congregating in your parks. Word travels fast.

If you dont want to step over the homeless and/or their feces, stay out of the parks.

Problem solved.


that is either a wonderful troll

or patently stupid

/leaning toward wonderful troll --- 9/10
 
2012-11-13 11:03:14 AM
FTFA: Sarasota Police Sgt. Anthony Frangioni spotted [Darren Kersey] charging his phone at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday. Unable to come up with the $500 bail for the misdemeanor, Kersey had no choice but to stay in jail...Frangioni wrote that he told Kersey that the "theft of city utilities will not be tolerated during this bad economy."..Monday morning Circuit Judge Charles Williams threw the case out, saying Frangioni lacked the legal justification to make the arrest.

When people who aren't cops snatch people off the street and confine them without legal justification, it's called "kidnapping."

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fark tha police.
 
2012-11-13 11:07:41 AM

Silverstaff: You're the McManager, and you've got multiple applicants for every job, are you really going to hire the homeless guy over the high school kid or the college student wanting a side job or the grandmother wanting a job in retirement to supplement her Social Security?


Hells yeah. The most important factor in someone keeping a job is them needing the job and fast food is a high turnover business. If he can get a shower and shave before work I'll put him on in a heartbeat.
 
2012-11-13 12:33:42 PM

DingleberryMoose: Hells yeah. The most important factor in someone keeping a job is them needing the job and fast food is a high turnover business. If he can get a shower and shave before work I'll put him on in a heartbeat.


From the customer's point of view, just a shower and shave may not be enough. It also helps if the person handing you your food doesn't look like they may have herpagonasyphilaids. Or be sleeping in the french fry bin after closing ours.
 
2012-11-13 12:45:21 PM

DingleberryMoose: Silverstaff: You're the McManager, and you've got multiple applicants for every job, are you really going to hire the homeless guy over the high school kid or the college student wanting a side job or the grandmother wanting a job in retirement to supplement her Social Security?

Hells yeah. The most important factor in someone keeping a job is them needing the job and fast food is a high turnover business. If he can get a shower and shave before work I'll put him on in a heartbeat.


This. Needing work is the proper motivation for plenty of people.
 
2012-11-13 01:13:30 PM

gweilo8888: DingleberryMoose: Hells yeah. The most important factor in someone keeping a job is them needing the job and fast food is a high turnover business. If he can get a shower and shave before work I'll put him on in a heartbeat.

From the customer's point of view, just a shower and shave may not be enough. It also helps if the person handing you your food doesn't look like they may have herpagonasyphilaids. Or be sleeping in the french fry bin after closing ours.


Fast food joint where I work is 24 hours, and I do manage a shift and hire my own crew. Appearance does matter, but a shave and a haircut and uniform clothes can help quite a bit.

/make more managing fast food than I did as a CPS investigator
 
2012-11-13 05:51:49 PM
In my near-police state/town just being out after dark is considered suspicious

There is no official curfew or law against driving after dark, but it hasn't stopped cops from pulling me over to tell me they thought my left tail light was failingask me why I'm out "so late"
 
2012-11-15 03:58:26 AM

JasonThomasX: In my near-police state/town just being out after dark is considered suspicious

There is no official curfew or law against driving after dark, but it hasn't stopped cops from pulling me over to tell me they thought my left tail light was failingask me why I'm out "so late"


Just keep a burlap sack in your car at all times and if you are ever pulled over tell them you are going snipe hunting.
 
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