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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
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2014-04-05 09:49:11 AM  
6 votes:
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 11:05:29 AM  
4 votes:
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 10:01:09 AM  
4 votes:
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 09:05:23 AM  
3 votes:
Dude reminds me of my father. One small slight like sitting up and the "whole thing is ruined". Grow up dude.
2014-04-05 11:46:02 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:58:28 AM  
2 votes:

Someone needs to find that homeless dude and buy him a steak dinner.
2014-04-05 09:57:43 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:48:22 AM  
2 votes:
Sounds like a pretty lame park.
2014-04-05 03:43:26 PM  
1 vote:
You fark with people trying to survive and you can expect them to make your life miserable in return. Spite, it's what's for dinner.
2014-04-05 01:25:14 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:45:33 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:04:14 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:46:18 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:38:52 AM  
1 vote:
what was the article about again?
/pop (up) ain't nobody got time for that!
2014-04-05 10:32:52 AM  
1 vote:
2014-04-05 10:17:00 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:00:09 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:50:50 AM  
1 vote:

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.
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