reply to post by civilchallenger
Well as I pointed out, the law does not prevent you from feeding homeless people. The law states you can’t set up a soup kitchen in the downtown
area without a license.
What these people are doing is purposely setting up a soup kitchen in the downtown area rather than move 2 or 3 blocks away where it is perfectly
legal to do so as often as you wish. Thus they can get arrested, and then yell that it is because they are trying to help the homeless, when in
reality, they are just trying to get their organizations name in the news.
If this group of people really were trying to help the homeless, they would indeed setup a permanent shelter, or even a temporary one, but do it
outside of the downtown area where they need the license. Thus they would spend their time and money on helping, not on phony publicity stunts, bail,
lawyer’s fees, and ultimately fines. This is all wasted time and money far better spent on helping the homeless they claim to be helping. When in
reality their efforts are not helping the homeless one bit.
This is not coming from any motivation on my part other than my desire to get people more involved in helping the homeless. I spend much of my time
working with shelters, and soup kitchens. As well as every day just helping people I see in need. I firmly believe the homeless and needy people of
the US, and indeed the world could for the most part disappear. And no I do not mean the people will disappear, but rather the sate of poverty. All
it takes if for people to put forth even the smallest effort to assist, and many of the homeless, and needy would get back on their feet, and provide
I see groups like this all the time, which exploit the homeless in some way to further their cause. And in the end they are harming the people they
claim to be trying to help. As I said just take the time and money spent on the publicity stunts, and instead invest it in a real attempt to help the
homeless. Their organizations name may not be on the television, but the needy people would be getting the assistance they claim to be trying to
As once again I will point out the law does not forbid you from feeding the homeless. It only stipulates you must have a license to set up a soup
kitchen in the downtown area. If you as an individual were to give a homeless person a sandwich, there would be no police, no arrests, not even stern
looks. The issue here is not the fact you helped homeless people, the issue is they are using public lands without the proper licenses to do so.
They are wasting their time and money on needless legal fees, and court appearances. This time and money should be spent helping the homeless rather
than this charade.
edit on 27-6-2011 by Byeluvolk because: (no reason given)