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(NW Florida Daily News)   Not news: Family trying to enjoy a day at the park calls the police on a homeless man sleeping on a bench. Fark: Homeless man sitting on a bench calls the police on a family laying down in the park   (nwfdailynews.com) divider line 58
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2014-04-05 09:05:23 AM
Dude reminds me of my father. One small slight like sitting up and the "whole thing is ruined". Grow up dude.
 
2014-04-05 09:09:38 AM
I loled
 
2014-04-05 09:47:48 AM
Clearly the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless.
 
2014-04-05 09:48:00 AM
Why did they not point out to the officer that the origin of that complaint was a ne'er-do-well which invalidated the whole thing?
 
2014-04-05 09:48:22 AM
Sounds like a pretty lame park.
 
2014-04-05 09:49:11 AM
The Florida tag? Fark that, it should be the Spiffy tag. The lady and the police were both right: when that law was made the consequences weren't thought through thoroughly, and it should be equally enacted to all. That homeless person was in the right to use that law as intended.
 
2014-04-05 09:50:50 AM

trappedspirit: Why did they not point out to the officer that the origin of that complaint was a ne'er-do-well which invalidated the whole thing?


Being homeless does not make a person that, dude.
 
2014-04-05 09:51:56 AM

BumpInTheNight: Clearly the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless.


FTA:  Under the city code, visitors to parks cannot "sleep or protractedly lounge" on seats, benches or other areas.

Looks like they've already got that covered, so the homeless problem will clear up any day now.
 
2014-04-05 09:53:30 AM
That's awesome.
 
2014-04-05 09:57:14 AM
I wish we had something similar, to stop schmucks lying on the picnic tables at the beach. Idiots work out and then relax by draping their sweaty bodies on the surface where I intend to lay out food.
 
2014-04-05 09:57:43 AM

Hiro-ACiD: BumpInTheNight: Clearly the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless.

FTA:  Under the city code, visitors to parks cannot "sleep or protractedly lounge" on seats, benches or other areas.

Looks like they've already got that covered, so the homeless problem will clear up any day now.


It sounds like the police don't know the definition of the word "protracted".
 
2014-04-05 09:58:00 AM
Makes me want to go to this town and give all the homeless people cellphones to call in these complaints to the police. The complainant did the right thing, the police officer handled it well. And if the dad knew and cared anything about living in a democratic republic with a slew of rights (still remaining), he'd take his whiny ass and kids to his local elected officials and let them know how their stupid legislation "ruined the whole thing" and how he is not going to voted for them, and is going to write a check to each of their opponents, if they don't fix the stupid law.
Stupid legislation is stupid.
 
2014-04-05 09:58:28 AM
BWAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!
<Gasp>
BWAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!

Someone needs to find that homeless dude and buy him a steak dinner.
 
2014-04-05 09:59:11 AM
I can't decide who I am rooting against in this story: the piss-stank homeless dude, bitter and forced to sit upright, or the douchey dad whose whole day is "ruined" by laws he probably voted for.

Why not both?
 
2014-04-05 10:00:09 AM

Knight without armor: Makes me want to go to this town and give all the homeless people cellphones to call in these complaints to the police. The complainant did the right thing, the police officer handled it well. And if the dad knew and cared anything about living in a democratic republic with a slew of rights (still remaining), he'd take his whiny ass and kids to his local elected officials and let them know how their stupid legislation "ruined the whole thing" and how he is not going to voted for them, and is going to write a check to each of their opponents, if they don't fix the stupid law.
Stupid legislation is stupid.


Since we're reading about it despite not even living in that place I imagine they did one better.
 
2014-04-05 10:01:09 AM
In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.  - [Anatole France]
 
2014-04-05 10:02:01 AM
Douche-tastic.
 
OOF
2014-04-05 10:03:56 AM
"There's a safety factor," Royal said. "You may trip someone."

Now I understand.
 
2014-04-05 10:17:00 AM
Before I read TFA, I figured this was from Sarasota.  They've been ridiculous about what one can't do for years.  Back in the Sixties, when I was in high school, they were arresting kids for vagrancy for being downtown.  If you had no clear purpose, i.e.  downtown to shop at say, Tucker's Sporting Goods, and/or had less than $20 on you, they'd run you in.  This came to a screeching halt when some local writers (MacKinley Cantor, John D. McDonald, et al.) made it known that they were in violation daily.  They'd meet for coffee for hours at the White Tower at 5 Points and rarely had $20 on them, individually or collectively.

A year ago or so, a Sarasota cop arrested a homeless guy in one of the city parks for "theft of electricity."  He was charging his cell phone in a park shelter.  This in a city they has free charging stations for electric cars in front of city hall.
 
2014-04-05 10:19:44 AM

KierzanDax: BWAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!
<Gasp>
BWAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAA!

Someone needs to find that homeless dude and buy him a steak dinner.



I was going to say, someone should find that homeless dude and stick a knife in his throat, but tomato tomatoe
 
2014-04-05 10:24:58 AM

Tillmaster: I wish we had something similar, to stop schmucks lying on the picnic tables at the beach. Idiots work out and then relax by draping their sweaty bodies on the surface where I intend to lay out food.


Cayenne powder is good for sterilizing picnic tables.  You should put on some gloves and liberally spread/rub cayenne powder on the picnic table you intend on using.
 
2014-04-05 10:25:07 AM
 
2014-04-05 10:28:03 AM
If you can't be original and choose to copy someone else's tagline format, at least get it right.

It goes, not news, NEWS, then fark.
 
2014-04-05 10:32:52 AM
GIANT CONTENT-BLOCKING POP UP ALERT
 
2014-04-05 10:38:52 AM
what was the article about again?
/pop (up) ain't nobody got time for that!
 
2014-04-05 10:42:24 AM
Homeless people are popping up on family picnics!?!
 
2014-04-05 10:46:18 AM
I can understand not wanting people to lounge around since the cops have a bad habit of running them over (especially on beaches).
 
2014-04-05 10:47:57 AM

Tillmaster: I wish we had something similar, to stop schmucks lying on the picnic tables at the beach. Idiots work out and then relax by draping their sweaty bodies on the surface where I intend to lay out food.


You can't go 5 farking minutes without eating something?
 
2014-04-05 11:04:14 AM
The officer should have identified the complainant, tased the shiat out of him and arrested him for making nuisance 911 calls.

A family lounging and at play in a park are not "lying down for protracted periods."
 
2014-04-05 11:05:29 AM
My home town here in shiatkickastan. Our local leaders are trying to discourage the homeless from panhandling, lounging in parks, and existing. In their 'wisdom' they have enacted laws that make it nearly impossible for the local churches, charitable groups and homeless agencies to provide shelter and bedding for those living on the streets. Ridiculous and unwarranted inspections of churches, requirements of bureaucratic licensing and a whole new set of laws aimed at making it difficult to provide basic services to the homeless population. The latest plan is to make it illegal for the homeless to lay down or rest in public parks (which are patrolled and closed during evening hours)

Look, I understand nobody wants to explain homeless people when walking the dogs or taking the kids to the park. The general mindset here among all the 'conservative Christians' is that homeless people are lazy and shiftless. This same newspaper, polled their readership and over 70% believe President Fartbongo is not a US citizen .They vote 88% GOP but the local government has been plagued with corruption in the county commissioner's office, the tax collector's office and the sheriff's office. The former Florida speaker of the house ,Ray Sansom was from here and was caught red-handed trying to build a multimillion dollar private airplane hangar for a well-connected local developer and disguising the project as a public-funded hurricane and emergency center. Rather than spending a day in jail, he is now employed by our private, corporate-owned boys detention center as an administrator. The city of Destin worked to have a private corporation (Waste Management) placed permanently on non ad valorem tax rolls with legislation that was penned by ALEC.

Reading the opinion pages, 'Spout Off' and editorial section of this paper, is akin to Stormfront and World Net Daily giving birth to a retarded. cephalic devil-baby. The hatred seethes through each crayon-scribbled tome. All dreaming and yearning for a 1950's non-existent utopia that never existed while decrying their love of Jesus and the war on Christmas. NOTHING you hear coming from this kingdom of derp, should EVER surprise you... Hey, but our beaches are nice.
 
2014-04-05 11:15:22 AM
Unintended consequences, beeyotch!
 
2014-04-05 11:18:04 AM

Dahnkster: My home town here in shiatkickastan. Our local leaders are trying to discourage the homeless from panhandling, lounging in parks, and existing. In their 'wisdom' they have enacted laws that make it nearly impossible for the local churches, charitable groups and homeless agencies to provide shelter and bedding for those living on the streets. Ridiculous and unwarranted inspections of churches, requirements of bureaucratic licensing and a whole new set of laws aimed at making it difficult to provide basic services to the homeless population. The latest plan is to make it illegal for the homeless to lay down or rest in public parks (which are patrolled and closed during evening hours)

Look, I understand nobody wants to explain homeless people when walking the dogs or taking the kids to the park. The general mindset here among all the 'conservative Christians' is that homeless people are lazy and shiftless. This same newspaper, polled their readership and over 70% believe President Fartbongo is not a US citizen .They vote 88% GOP but the local government has been plagued with corruption in the county commissioner's office, the tax collector's office and the sheriff's office. The former Florida speaker of the house ,Ray Sansom was from here and was caught red-handed trying to build a multimillion dollar private airplane hangar for a well-connected local developer and disguising the project as a public-funded hurricane and emergency center. Rather than spending a day in jail, he is now employed by our private, corporate-owned boys detention center as an administrator. The city of Destin worked to have a private corporation (Waste Management) placed permanently on non ad valorem tax rolls with legislation that was penned by ALEC.

Reading the opinion pages, 'Spout Off' and editorial section of this paper, is akin to Stormfront and World Net Daily giving birth to a retarded. cephalic devil-baby. The hatred seethes through each crayon-scribbled tome. All dreaming and yearni ...


Leland Yee.
 
2014-04-05 11:22:01 AM

Hiro-ACiD: BumpInTheNight: Clearly the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless.

FTA:  Under the city code, visitors to parks cannot "sleep or protractedly lounge" on seats, benches or other areas.

Looks like they've already got that covered, so the homeless problem will clear up any day now.


Kind of like how they installed rebar triangles under bridge underpasses to keep the homeless from sleeping there. Problem solved because I can't see it any more.
 
2014-04-05 11:23:34 AM

MylesHeartVodak: The officer should have identified the complainant, tased the shiat out of him and arrested him for making nuisance 911 calls.

A family lounging and at play in a park are not "lying down for protracted periods."


www.humanewatch.org
 
2014-04-05 11:38:46 AM

Caffeine Induced Diarrhea: MylesHeartVodak: The officer should have identified the complainant, tased the shiat out of him and arrested him for making nuisance 911 calls.

A family lounging and at play in a park are not "lying down for protracted periods."

[www.humanewatch.org image 400x400]


"Lounging" is what rich, bootstrappy go-getters do. "Lying down for protracted periods" is what a stupid, worthless, no good, goddamn, freeloading son of a biatch, retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk does.
 
2014-04-05 11:45:33 AM
And this is why we can't have nice things.

Same story around here.  Nice, big, beautiful park is open to the public.  And it is filled with homeless, drug users, and gangs.  So the city adds a bunch of laws to regulate the park.  The park has opening and closing hours (which are ignored by everyone it's intended to keep from aggregating at the park at night).  They passed more laws about laying down/sleeping to try and stop the homeless who call the park home.  The rub is, the homeless people don't give a f***.  What are you going to do?  Confront them....and they'll stab you.  Call the police....they might show up....but they aren't going to do much beyond hassle the guy.  If I'm homeless do I care if a cop is going to write me a citation?  Nope.  I wouldn't even care too much if they arrested me.  Pretty much all the same to me.  You can either let me sleep in the park, or you can pay for my health care, food, entertainment, well being, shelter while I'm in jail.
 
2014-04-05 11:46:02 AM
The best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it.

/that site did not have problems with MY use of Adblock.
 
2014-04-05 11:48:38 AM
What? Nobody called the Police on the POlice?
 
2014-04-05 11:49:54 AM
"There's a safety factor," Royal said. "You may trip someone."

This man would have made a first rate Nazi storm trooper.
 
2014-04-05 12:00:07 PM

Mr. Right: In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.  - [Anatole France]


But why would the rich want to-- *ohhhhhhh.*
 
2014-04-05 12:05:24 PM
Don't want undesirables hanging out in your parks?
OK get out!
 
2014-04-05 12:18:46 PM

Knight without armor: Makes me want to go to this town and give all the homeless people cellphones to call in these complaints to the police. The complainant did the right thing, the police officer handled it well. And if the dad knew and cared anything about living in a democratic republic with a slew of rights (still remaining), he'd take his whiny ass and kids to his local elected officials and let them know how their stupid legislation "ruined the whole thing" and how he is not going to voted for them, and is going to write a check to each of their opponents, if they don't fix the stupid law.
Stupid legislation is stupid.


Given the dearth of public pay phones these days, there's always the chance the complaint was called in on a TaftPhone.
Kudos to the officer for not blowing off the call and equally applying the law. The douche dad might need a reminder that if he was a Poor, he might have just been arrested instead of warned. If you support laws that you don't think apply to you, then you deserve the consequences.
 
2014-04-05 12:24:21 PM
Ft. Walmart passed this ordinance to basically keep the homeless from sleeping in the park, because nice families should be allowed to go to the park and have to confront the reality in which we live. Now instead of seeing "bums everywhere," they have been confronted by an overwhelming authoritarian presence and have been subject to the laws that the community wants to inflict on the "Other."

I'm glad it was a homeless person who reported them, sometimes the universe works.
 
2014-04-05 01:25:14 PM
I think this story is great.

City passes law to make life for homeless hard.  The homeless then use said law to harass park goers.  It's great!
 
2014-04-05 01:34:11 PM

Mister Peejay: Tillmaster: I wish we had something similar, to stop schmucks lying on the picnic tables at the beach. Idiots work out and then relax by draping their sweaty bodies on the surface where I intend to lay out food.

Cayenne powder is good for sterilizing picnic tables.  You should put on some gloves and liberally spread/rub cayenne powder on the picnic table you intend on using.


Or a tablecloth.  Like what get used for picnics.  

First, if the table isn't being used and no one is waiting to use it I think someone lying on it is just fine.  I have difficulty believing that sweaty man-body stench will be more noticeable than them in a (presumably) open-air beach environment.

Second, if you aren't using a tablecloth or otherwise cleansing the surface you are planning poorly.  Bird poo, mildew, animal tracks, and whatever was last eaten on the table are all potential contaminants that you won't be able to control with some rule or ordinance.
 
2014-04-05 01:38:45 PM
Does anybody have a 'good' link to the story? The site wouldn't let me in without accepting 3rd party cookies.
 
2014-04-05 01:40:48 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: And this is why we can't have nice things.

Same story around here.  Nice, big, beautiful park is open to the public.  And it is filled with homeless, drug users, and gangs.  So the city adds a bunch of laws to regulate the park.  The park has opening and closing hours (which are ignored by everyone it's intended to keep from aggregating at the park at night).  They passed more laws about laying down/sleeping to try and stop the homeless who call the park home.  The rub is, the homeless people don't give a f***.  What are you going to do?  Confront them....and they'll stab you.  Call the police....they might show up....but they aren't going to do much beyond hassle the guy.  If I'm homeless do I care if a cop is going to write me a citation?  Nope.  I wouldn't even care too much if they arrested me.  Pretty much all the same to me.  You can either let me sleep in the park, or you can pay for my health care, food, entertainment, well being, shelter while I'm in jail.


So are you suggesting we need more homeless shelters?  Or are you looking for a more Final Solution?
 
2014-04-05 01:49:12 PM

bratface: Does anybody have a 'good' link to the story? The site wouldn't let me in without accepting 3rd party cookies.


Nope, I have a link on the Daily Paul and various other sites but they all link back to the same news.  It *is* a local news story, after all.

Funny how many of the people on some of those sites call for Final Solutions to the homeless problem.
 
2014-04-05 02:37:20 PM

TheBigJerk: bratface: Does anybody have a 'good' link to the story? The site wouldn't let me in without accepting 3rd party cookies.

Nope, I have a link on the Daily Paul and various other sites but they all link back to the same news.  It *is* a local news story, after all.

Funny how many of the people on some of those sites call for Final Solutions to the homeless problem.


Thanks BigJerk!
 
hej
2014-04-05 02:59:18 PM

BumpInTheNight: Clearly the answer is to make it illegal to be homeless.


We need a "go be homeless somewhere else" jpg of a cop pepper spraying a vagrant, right away.
 
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