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(WISTV)   Columbia, South Carolina makes homelessness a crime. "Now all we need to do is tell them to get off the street." PROBLEM SOLVED   (wistv.com) divider line 70
    More: Fail, South Carolina, State Journal, homeless, business districts, Jon Runyan  
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2013-08-21 01:14:33 PM  

jso2897: T


MI?
LC?
Pain?
bone?
 
2013-08-21 01:14:35 PM  

Seraphym: [static.comicvine.com image 610x391]

Vagrancy: 3 weeks Iso-Cube.  How do you plead?


The irony in that scene is that for ignoring the Judges warning he died for it
 
2013-08-21 01:22:32 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: Itstoearly: So homeless people get arrested and go to jail, where they get a free bed, free food, free healthcare...


...restriction of movement, abuse, ass rape...its a paradise.


You were raped?

Well...at first, yes.
 
2013-08-21 01:22:50 PM  
Sooo... about two of you read TFA, the rest are just going on the headline. Which on Fark you can surely trust.
 
2013-08-21 01:27:14 PM  

FirstDennis: .
So, what would you guys do with a population of people who are penniless and have nowhere to sleep? and many of them have mental disorders or addictions.


Get them somewhere we can treat the disorders and addictions, get them reasonable and able to function, then work from there getting them somewhere they can support themselves.

It'd cost money, but it's the Christian thing to do.

/farking Prosperity Gospel.
 
2013-08-21 01:35:31 PM  
What's so sad about this is that so many of the homeless are Veterans.
 
2013-08-21 01:47:53 PM  
media.npr.org
 
2013-08-21 01:55:34 PM  
Meme I made just for this thread:

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2013-08-21 01:56:47 PM  

Apik0r0s: What's so sad about this is that so many of the homeless are Veterans.


Not really  That's just what the signs say.  The real numbers are exactly what you would expect:  Americans who have served:  ~9%, Homeless who have served ~9%.

The actual sad thing is that so many of the homeless are hopeless degenerates with massive mental disorders that will generally refuse any help that isn't tangible.
 
2013-08-21 01:56:59 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: The homeless in SC will just tie a blanket to a string . . .


Pfftt.  Yeah, like homeless people can afford two pieces of string.
 
2013-08-21 02:15:23 PM  
Jesus, people really bit that headline hook, line and sinker.
 
2013-08-21 02:40:31 PM  
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Hey MODS, would you please start red-lighting these misleading and/or flat-out false headlines?  I mean, this is just FoxNews-worthy trolling to get greenlit and clicked.

/almost said Foxworthy
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JhvcEk5uGFI/Ueb_7Imc6rI/AAAAAAAAArg/3Pt8Sl uR Fds/s200/fowrthy.jpg
YOU might be a headline troll if....
 
2013-08-21 02:42:02 PM  

brimed03: .
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JhvcEk5uGFI/Ueb_7Imc6rI/AAAAAAAAArg/3Pt8Sl uR Fds/s200/fowrthy.jpg


Crap.  That was supposed to be the image, not the link.  Preview is our friend.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-21 03:16:13 PM  

Pontious Pilates: INeedAName: The issues are education, mental health access, and equality. Three things at which South Carolina sucks massively.
You just named three things that can't be fixed in a single election cycle. So good luck with that.


Sure they can.

Elect me Emperor, and see how long I make the election cycle...
 
2013-08-21 03:58:23 PM  

Summercat: FirstDennis: .
So, what would you guys do with a population of people who are penniless and have nowhere to sleep? and many of them have mental disorders or addictions.

Get them somewhere we can treat the disorders and addictions, get them reasonable and able to function, then work from there getting them somewhere they can support themselves.

It'd cost money, but it's the Christian thing to do.

/farking Prosperity Gospel.


I would make aggressive panhandling and public intoxication, urination etc crimes...but mostly punishable with probation and enlistment into a well-being program.  Give them a case worker and a psychologist where they go for a counseling session once a week in exchange for $20 to buy food or booze or whatever.  Heck, maybe make it entirely voluntary but with paperwork cooperation through the legal aid office.  Also, having a can and bottle deposit helps give the homeless something relatively benign and helpful to do (although if you are stuck in the recycle line behind the homeless guy who is mouth-inflating 75 plastic water bottles so that the upc scanner reads them correctly, you may change your mind on that last one).
Also, a homeless shelter for sleeping and eating meals would be good.  Showers, lockers, a PO box and a cheap phone could help them get a job if they want one, then pay it back on the honor system.
 
2013-08-21 04:00:45 PM  
If life and the world were the film, "Porky's", SC would be the Porky's "Clubhouse".
 
2013-08-21 04:05:12 PM  

Two_Noodles: Summercat: FirstDennis: .
So, what would you guys do with a population of people who are penniless and have nowhere to sleep? and many of them have mental disorders or addictions.

Get them somewhere we can treat the disorders and addictions, get them reasonable and able to function, then work from there getting them somewhere they can support themselves.

It'd cost money, but it's the Christian thing to do.

/farking Prosperity Gospel.

I would make aggressive panhandling and public intoxication, urination etc crimes...but mostly punishable with probation and enlistment into a well-being program.  Give them a case worker and a psychologist where they go for a counseling session once a week in exchange for $20 to buy food or booze or whatever.  Heck, maybe make it entirely voluntary but with paperwork cooperation through the legal aid office.  Also, having a can and bottle deposit helps give the homeless something relatively benign and helpful to do (although if you are stuck in the recycle line behind the homeless guy who is mouth-inflating 75 plastic water bottles so that the upc scanner reads them correctly, you may change your mind on that last one).
Also, a homeless shelter for sleeping and eating meals would be good.  Showers, lockers, a PO box and a cheap phone could help them get a job if they want one, then pay it back on the honor system.


Am I the only one who thinks that public intoxication laws are kind of redundant? A person walking home drunk quietly shouldn't really be an issue. If they are making noise or pissing people off, isn't that what disorderly conduct is for?
 
Ral
2013-08-21 04:05:40 PM  
Chronic homelessness occurs because the person in question is mentally ill, a substance abuser, or some combination of the two.  I've encountered many and they all fit this profile.  There are, of course, the scam artist beggars who do have homes but pretend they don't.

But the fact is, if you are sober, sane and willing to work, there are plenty of support services in the US that will catch you if you fall for a short time.
 
2013-08-21 08:47:12 PM  
And anyone who has ever been to Columbia, SC is wondering why no Obvious tag.
 
2013-08-22 04:32:04 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: Meh. If old movies have taught me anything its that this isn't really a problem. The homeless in SC will just tie a blanket to a string, hop on an empty boxcar and jump off in another state. The residents of the new town they come into will be suspicious and rude, at first. But, at the lowest moment, they'll be presented with an opportunity to redeam themselves, like saving a baby from a well, or beating up an attacker who was trying to rape the mayor's daughter. The police will think that the homeless man is the suspect, but the mayor's daughter will throw herself to protect him and let the local sheriffs know that he actually SAVED her. Meanwhile, evidence left at the scene will reveal that the real rapist is actually a powerful socialite who has been the leader of the towns anti-homelessness movement. He tries to run, but after a breif struggle with the homeless man, who is now a hero, he is brought to justice.

Fast forward to a year later...the homeless man, who is now married to the mayor's daughter, is in charge of a state-of-the-art center where the homeless from across the nation come to be treated with dignity and get job training. He'll go back to South Carolina for a business meeting where he'll meet face-to-face with the legislator who ran him out of town. The legislator, knowing that he's been defeated, is about to speak when the homeless man interups and says, "thank you for not believing in me". Then, he casually walks down the hall to go to his meeting. The legislator stands, with a look on his face that lets
you know he now understands the error of his ways.


/scene




I saw this movie. It's French.

The book is worse.
 
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