Just when I think LEO's and humanity can't stoop any lower, I read an article like this and it angers me beyond words.
In Houston, Texas a 9-year Navy vet recently came upon hard times. Hard enough that he rummaged through a garbage can to retrieve a doughnut....and
was ticketed! What a "crime"
Yep! That city has had a statute since 1942 that prohibits removing items from garbage cans.
“I know on the face of it, it sounds very cruel,” Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, told the Chronicle. “It’s
not officers being inhumane. It’s police officers responding to citizens’ complaints about someone removing garbage from their garbage can, and
leaving it on the ground. It’s creating a mess.”
Yep, they have a JOB to do.
Gimme a break..............and you wonder why so many LEO's are still regarded as "pigs?"
I was equally enraged over Houston clamping down on nonprofit organizations and individuals feeding homeless people last year. And I am aware that
this is not an isolated incident. There are other cities, nationwide, that have come under scrutiny for enacting or enforcing similar statutes in the
The best thing to come of this doughnut incident in Houston is that it got the ACLU's attention and they will represent the Vet, James Kelly, in
court - free of charge.
Note: There's also an embedded video with a brief interview with this Vet
So, who are the "real" criminals? Those trying to survive on the streets, or those enforcing their "laws"........?
For the record, I live in a city that allows panhandling with a permit. There are a large number of panhandlers (many professionals) at just about
every Interstate ramp throughout the city. Some of those faces I've seen many times over the years. A few have even bragged about pulling in $60K
-$100K annually. I never enable them, but I sure wouldn't turn my back on someone rummaging through a garbage can for food! Would YOU?
Okay, I'm through ranting. I'm hoping to see a few compassionate
ATS members respond with their thoughts or personal experiences regarding
this issue of people foraging for food in garbage cans.
God help us ALL when the excrement r-e-a-l-l-y starts hitting the proverbial fan!