sparkeyjames: This About That: I do not understand this seemingly irresistible urge to mouth off to a cop.I think it's closely related to mouthing off to an asshole when one gets in your face.
This About That: OK, let's suppose this cop was an asshole
I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: They should charge him with battery.
This About That: I do not understand this seemingly irresistible urge to mouth off to a cop.
Buffet: What the Fark is a homeless person doing with a cell phone?? Get a home first.
LavenderWolf: Tman144: skullkrusher: LavenderWolf: HotWingAgenda: LavenderWolf: I had 6 guns drawn on me when I was 14That sounds like a scene from a Tarantino film.It felt so surreal. Friend and I waiting for a third friend, around the corner from my decidedly suburban home. Cop car skids to a sideways stop just feet away, followed by two more to box us in from other directions. Two cops in each car pop out, pistols aimed at us. We had done NOTHING.what did they think you'd done?I too am interested in why the cops harass you so much. Are you a big guy with a lot of tats or something? I had friends in high school who got harassed a lot, but they were punks and skins, and so drew a lot of attention to themselves.Nope, average height and slim build, no obvious tattoos (wolf paw on my back is covered by any shirt), no "gang colours" as I generally wear brown and grey. Short hair. In short I look like the ideal working class Joe.
fanbladesaresharp: shtychkn: fanbladesaresharp: In his arrest report, Frangioni wrote that he told Kersey that the "theft of city utilities will not be tolerated during this bad economy."Oh what the fark ever, Sgt. A-Hole. Perhaps you should unplug that coffee pot at the station. No one was using it, and it just sucks up taxpayer-paid city utilities.Go bark up another tree. You busted a guy with no home or money. Well aren't you goddamn special.Enough money to pay for phone service it seems.A lot of homeless where I live get public benefits. They have a "Cash" and "food" side on their EBT cards. They use the cash sides to pay for those TracPhones I see a lot of them with. Others have a phone given to them and paid for by a third party. So.....your money is paying the government, to give the homeless money to pay for a phone that he uses a government service to be arrested over. Clearly it's the homeless guy that's sucking up all our resources here./ya i know you were being sarcastic. I hope.
LavenderWolf: LoneVVolf: "If I sit down, they come up, ask for ID and run my name," said Fred Hall, 51, a North Carolina native. "If I spread a blanket and read a book, they arrest me for sleeping. It's crazy. They do the weirdest things to us."It's almost as if the city doesn't want vagrants squatting in the public parks...So of course the homeless should just get jobs and houses, because that is at all possible. How well do you think an interview goes with someone who hasn't had soap to use or a proper shower in weeks? Framing the conversation in terms of "vagrants" and "squatting" just shows contempt. Where should they go? Get a hotel room?
This About That: OK, let's suppose this cop was an asshole (which he would kind-of have to be to roust a homeless guy for 2 cents worth of electricity. Still, self preservation requires an understanding of the situation. You have to understand it from the cop's point of view. The cop is going to win. The less sh*t you talk, the less his winning will cost you. That seems pretty simple. Now consider the case when a cop encounters s pet dog. The dog is not smarter than the cop, so he doesn't know what danger it is in, but it has mastered the art of reading voice tone and body language in humans. It sees a belligerent human and reacts correctly, warning the belligerent human away. Belligerent human shoots the dog, even if it weigh 2 pounds and is no real threat. This is because the copy has to win. Has to. If he doesn't he will be back with 20 cops and heavy weapons. So, unless it is your mission to lose in the game of life to cops, just shut the hell up and unplug your phone. Be smarter than the dog.You can usually (no, really, kids) assume that the cop is doing his in a difficult job, as he sees it. Even if you think he is a jerk, give him the benefit of the doubt. Usually he deserves it, and if he doesn't, you will lose anyhow. Beyond that, argue the point with the nice folks on your local city council.
sparkeyjames: The thing that disturbs me most about this article is that there is a disabled homeless personliving in a public park. Does not Social Security disability cover a person who is disabled by a stroke?
Smingleigh: If we let a homeless person charge his or her phone with public electricity, what next? Can they moor their yachts on public piers? Should they land their planes on public airfields? It's a slippery slope, and there isn't an easy answer to the problem.
Carlip: Caught drinking from a public water fountain? You better believe that a taserin'.
BarkingUnicorn: sparkeyjames: The thing that disturbs me most about this article is that there is a disabled homeless personliving in a public park. Does not Social Security disability cover a person who is disabled by a stroke?Yeah, but it's just money. She's looking for an assisted-living place that will take her. Maybe they're full in Sarasota. Maybe she's a problem nobody wants.
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