N.J. Town Outlaws Sleeping In Public

Police Chief: Ordinance Designed To Deal With Homeless

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Getting some shuteye in one New Jersey town could land you in hot water, depending on where you lay your head, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports.

In Roselle Park, it is against the law and you could be fined or arrested for sleeping in public.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

One resident couldn’t help but laugh when she heard the news.

“Isn’t that a little crazy? I mean, if you fall asleep, like if I were to sit down on this bench and wait for a bus and I fell asleep, that’s against the law?” she said. “Don’t you think that’s a little crazy?”

Even though that’s the letter of the law, Police Chief Paul Morrison said drowsy drivers and napping babies need not worry.

“This ordinance was amended to help assist the police in addressing the increasing problem of homeless people sleeping on benches,” Morrison said.

Business owners said they’re a nuisance and eyesore, but one resident disagreed with the adopted solution.

“It would be easier if they would help them out,” he said.







  • RealityCheck

    So let me get this straight.
    N.J. has now resorted to kicking people when they are down!?

    That is like the double whammy, in my book.

  • TakeCareofYourself

    This guy has on a Burberry coat and Timberland shoes. Heck, he probably has an iPhone in his pocket. Maybe there’s an app for tracking police positions so he can avoid arrest.

  • Joe Smoe

    Well, I sure do not want to be seen as having no compassion. That thought is just too heavy a cross to bear. If you want to do these bums a favor then light the newspaper they stuff under their clothes. Nothing warms the bones on a cold night as well as a little fire.









    • burberry

      u mad

    • MrBlonde



    How many millions now are there without jobs? When 100s of thousands run out of unemployment benefits and lose their houses during the next housing bubble explosion there will be millions more that will be homeless. One person here thinks they should be rounded up and put into mental institutions and forgo their Constitutional rights! This is what the Banksters have done to us through their puppets. They have plundered everything we have and everything we will ever have. When we are on our knees and our bellies are empty and our children are dying then maybe we will except their New World Order, order out of chaos. Barry Soerto, the Bush’s and the Clinton’s along with their masters should all hang on the same tree for what they have done to America.

  • James

    Damn homeless infestations! Can’t they sleep on the floor like everyone else?!?!

    Well…I hope every homeless person sleeps on every bench so that they get arrested and get some food, water and a bed to lay in. All the people who complained about them will now have to pay for it in their taxes anyway.

    Help the economy and we’ll have less people sleeping on your precious benches

    • marvinlzinn

      Well, why would they complain? Now they have a more comfortable and safe place to stay, with free food that our taxes pay for.

    • Cringa

      Or James,
      all you bleeding hearts out there that think this ordinance is a travesty against humanity can offer your couch, your shower, your old clothes to one person and make a difference…oh wait…what is that? you wouldn’t think of having some dirty, unknown person in your house? Why how naive of me to think that you would…I see, its everyone else’s problem. Not mine…got it

  • john

    So it is a crime to be honest but poor and these people are to be prosecuted in “Land of the Free”. Yet Banksters are not prosecuted when they steal on a daily basis and counterfeit all the money that they need to scam others. It is pretty obvious who has ruined the country and need to be prosecuted by “WE the People”.

    • Other John

      The secret is to make sure your crime is big enough, then it will go unpunished. You can bring down a bank making shady loans while raking in a 7-figure salary, but try to sleep on a bench and they got ya!

    • diane in Michigan

      Seriously. Bankers steal on a daily basis and counterfeit all the money they need? What the hell are you writing about? What is this based on? Conspiracy theorist does not adequately describe…. and your comment is entirely irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Rick Davis

      Yea, and just who is it that’s pretty obvious? So lets throw the baby out with the bath water, If homeless bu,s sleep and pee in the streets just let them because plenty of other people break the law and dont get caught and prosecuted.
      No THATS liberal pretzel logic for ya…Look up the broken window principle ya half witted left winger..the basis for law and order is starting at the bottom and remove the appearances of lawlessness….Then you go after the higher ups one by one Start with your illlegitimate President that has no papers….

  • Thoth

    The Dream Is officially over…Freedom in the USA is DOA!

    We are on an accelerating spiral into Oblivion.

    This country has forgot every thing that made it great !

    • diane in Michigan

      “Freedom” is not the right to take over public or private property whenever you are down and out or feel the need to. Maybe you’d think it’s swell to have homeless people take over your patio, sleep on your porch furniture or move into you garage? There are shelters, soup kitchens and other resources for people who are homeless, able to work and unable to find a job.The majority of the homeless sleeping on park benches are not able to work or care for themselves and can be – tho are infrequently – dangerous.Park benches are for sitting and enjoying the park – not to function as an ad hoc living arrangement.

      • MTS

        So when you’re enjoying the “park” “human trash” (in your words) disturbs you? Hypocrite. Celebrate your Christmas and throw down your palms.

  • Pepto

    Bob-You are right about giving these people a jury trial.I don’t pretend to know the laws in other states. Here in Texas you would be able to have a criminal trial and it only takes one person to hang the jury.Unfortunately the citizens of other states allow their government to give them civil trials for criminal acts.Then the burden of proof for their prosecuters is the perponderance of the evidence.Also many states will force you into a bench trial. Once the right to a jury trial is gone most of your other rights are gone too.

  • malcom

    Outlaw Liberalism and ban the democrat party

  • Tony

    Hey, bleeding hearts- if you are so offended by the law do what my wife and I did and take one of them to live in your home. Nah, you won’t do that because you are selfish and want government to do it for you.

    • malcom

      right on. the same white liberals do the same with illegal aliens.

  • Charles

    As usual someone has solved the immediate problem and ignored the ultimate consequences. If we could simply isolate those responsible for the law and study their behavior, we might solve a bigger problem–taking away their power before they hurt somebody. What was the Boston Tea Party about and why is that same spirit so necessary today? We have rule givers isolated from the true consequences of the rules they make. Some grandfather just like me will fall asleep on a park bench, get rousted by a cop, react with violence and be locked up, for what? So a cop can legally harass a homeless guy.

    • Vern

      Bum, the word is bum.

  • Harleyrider Davidson

    Then they get arrested for smoking in the park too! the whole damne country has gone absolutely NUTZ!

  • Dave

    In typical liberal fashion, one of the residents who disagreed with the law said “it would be better if they helped them out”.
    Well, how about if you liberals help them out and then we’ll see how generous you are with your own money.

    • Joe

      Dave beat me to it, but I had a better question for the resident. In the statement “it would be better if they helped them out”, who is “they”?

      By using the word “they”, the resident is stating that someone else, besides them, should take care of (i.e., pay for) it. They will just stand back, disagree and do nothing. Even better it could represent a complete disconnect from how people actually get “helped out.”

      Concur, 100% liberal.

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  • Marty

    By falling asleep they get arrested, and put in jail. In other words, by falling asleep out in the cold and rain, they get 3 hots and a cot. And this is supposed to be a deterrent? Heck, I’d do it every Fall. Spend the Winter indoors.

  • Nap O'lean

    The vast majority of these folks have mental issues. In the “good old days” they would be remanded to psychiatric hospitals, and would be off the streets. The courts have decided they have constitutional rights to not be locked up against their will – thus the profusion of homeless.

    • diane in Michigan

      Agreed. They put them on drugs for schizophrenia and like mental conditions and set them loose. Apparently these homeless have the right to function in their own universes even when that means going hungry and without shelter. And their families have given up on them, lost track of them or don’t have the funds to institutionalize them.


    why are there homeless in the USA..
    but NO HOMELESS in most third world countries??


    In the USA, its against the law in almost all remote areas to construct a shack to get out of the elements.
    IF you do, you get arrested for not spending thousands to comply with PERMITS, ZONING, CODES… even if you have no other option, its your own land, and your in a desert, with the nearest neighbor 12 miles away.

    The local or county govt has written zoning ordinances across the USA is counties with a population of a few hundred people, no incorporated towns, and nothing there but wilderness, to keep others out.

    So, while a third world citizen can get by, in the US now, you are banned for doing so unless you have a hundred grand or so spending money, which is also why these people are now on your park benches.

    End zoning outside of incorporated and populous areas, and you will find a lot of empty park benches,
    and you will also find a lot of angry developers who cant rent a 500 sq. foot apartment for 1300 bucks a month anymore,
    when someone can put a used trailer on their rural 5 acres for a few months rent. Our ancestors did not get their starts paying 4 grand a month in expenses just to live, they got their start NOT spending money, but making due and saving.

    This is now illegal in much of the USA due in large part to someone who is often a realtor/developer and who does not own my property being able to get on a city or county board, and dictate whether I can live / build on it.

    Our system is designed to offer rhe choice or cooperative enslavement, or banishment, and if our ancestors faced this choice, your own grandparents would be operating off of a park bench, if they were lucky.

    • Rick Davis

      All you do if you are destitute is go to a DHHS office. Police usually direct the homeless to family services anyway They dont make a living dealing with victimless crimes. They could be just like illegal aliens and get EVERYTHING from the liberal governments , then the bums can go to college too! and get a mortgage…!

    • al smartz

      You’ve got some smartz..

      • zoning kills

        diane in mi says that other residents will not suit the purposes of elite horse-owners and country gentlemen.
        Well, TFB.. the country is not intended to assure that a horseowner gets to crank up the cost of living in their area to economically exclude others from being able to live.
        Most people on the street in a major city do not orignate there.. its their last resort. Many could not be made functional,
        but of those who are one job away from getting back on their feet, that is not going to happen living in a TWO WEEK MAX permitted tent in a national park.

        We have a system which kicks the legs out from those starting out, and tells them you cannot exist unless you can already afford to… many of these are often quite sober, but without a rich dad to set them up or get them into his alma mater, with a full ride.

        the last option for a person in that case is to live as cheaply and self-responsibly as possible while finding a opportunity, and that path is blown up by zoning that go beyond any reasonable public safety concern, but are designed to make privately owned acreage off limits to usage or occupation by its rightful owners,
        WHILE THE GOVT DOING SO IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION to offer to compensate the party so deprived by this govt action= ”unlawful taking”

        I am not advocating everyone live in a shack like a hermit, in saying that preventing people from taking any possible low cost effort to get back on their feet is why you have families and many people who have no opportunity forced to live on the street, or hide in vehicles from the cops.
        Its also illegal to sleep in a car in many local ordinances, and you can be arrested for doing so. I truly hope the karma of life grants you a chance to in the future walk in the shoes of those you sneer at, Diane.

      • diane in Michigan

        It does not take $100,000 to live indoors in the United States. Nor is it $4000 a month to put a roof over your head. You can rent a space in a county/state/national park and put up a tent for as little as $4 a day. You can rent a room by the hour, the day, the week, the month, the year. You can buy property for well under $100,000. And these people on park benches have no interest in living outside of the urbanized areas – how would they panhandle? What garbage cans could they ransack? What restaurants out in the boonies would provide food out the back door? What transportation is available to them? These people choose to live close to where they get their medication, can buy drugs or booze. But taking your scenario re: un-zoning rural areas – do people who choose to farm, raise horses, etc. deserve (any more than city dwellers) to have shacks, ground toilets, campfire smoke, et al and the thievery (and worse) that come with such residents?

    • MattA

      I would urge everyone to read this comment several times, and understand the truth of it. The people with the money took over our government at every level, local to national, a long time ago. Everything the so-called government does is to force you to do business with Those That Have. They have outlawed sleeping in your own car in California, and many other places too. I lived in several towns in upstate New York where they outlawed having a compost heap, and growing your own veggies, not to mention owning chickens. The do not want you to be independent in any way. They want you shopping in their stores, spending money in the corporations they own stock in, and renting their rental properties. And they use the law to compel you to do it. Welcome to a “free” country, where if you try to sleep someplace for free, or grow free food, it’s a crime.

    • sixgunsteve

      Hey, zoning kills, why don’t you take a couple homeless folks into your home, there’s no zoning law against that. No, you’d rather clean up the eyesore of the homeless in your fair city by shifting the problem to rural communities where there are even fewer agencies designed to help these folks. Your idyllic view of living in a shack in the country doesn’t address the lack of fresh water, sanitation, electric, heat, etc. Those are what the zoning laws are for, not to keep people out. Sounds to me like your biggest beef is the fact that you pay 4 grand a month to live in the city and you don’t like smelling urine on your morning jog or sharing a park bench with some mentally challenged person. Typical liberal response, “if we just didn’t have the laws that I don’t like, then everything would be ok.” Besides, most of these homeless people barely take care of themselves and get by on charity, gov’t programs and pan handling, do you really think by letting them live in a shack in the woods they will automatically become self-sufficient. Of course they won’t, there’s no one to pan handle from.

      • freedom isnt free

        “you’d rather clean up the eyesore of the homeless in your fair city by shifting the problem to rural communities”

        If you have ever been in pacific garden mission to volunteer, you would find that probably 2/3 of the people seeking help do not originate in the city.

        Most of that pct do not even originate in the state.

        People drift to cities under the assumption that there are JOBS there. The truly mentally disabled are one thing, but a lot of the people we are talking about simply cannot raise and income in a country whose enconomy was pulled out from under them by both political parties actions.

        No one is suggesting anyone being allowed to take over public land for their personal usage,
        but in a lot of american, (SEE – GREAT DEPRESSION) a acre can be bought for well under a grand. Zoning is deliberately designed to funnel people into the costliest of living arrangements, not because they choose to pay more for comfort, but because you will be ticketed, hounded, arrested for living the way all of our grandparents did…

        To consider it ”liberal” of me to assert that I should be allowed to live the same as my american forefathers without the govt jailing me…
        shows you are a a confused neocon-communist who like your idol Stalin decides that freedom is other doing what you order them or placing them in a state-designated home, six feet underground.

        you commies are all the same..and you are too stupid to realize what you are.

      • zoning kills

        “Typical liberal response, “if we just didn’t have the laws that I don’t like, then everything would be ok.”

        Steve, you are son addled with blind hatred for avg americans, mixed with confusion and isolation,
        that you are suggesting that its ”CONSERVATIVE” for Govt authorities to decide FOR YOU what you will be permitted to do on your own land?

        Sounds pretty tyrannical to me, and its at odds with how our country began, and traditional property rights,
        SO, undertand, YOU are adocating for a policy permitting govt to control your life, family and property at their whim, and if you pay them to consider yourmeek requests…

        Your idiocy is emblematic of why we are broke, filled with illegals, and giving up rights for false promises of safety, while the stupid like you cheer their own enslavement, and think they are free.

      • TruthLover

        You can get fresh water in the country…it’s called a “well.” You can get sanitation in the country…it’s called a “septic system.” Unfortunately many home owners now are not legally permitted to rent out their own garage to a homeless person — yes, in many places now, IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO RENT OUT YOUR GARAGE TO ANYONE, homeless or not– “Health Issues.” Mr. Zoning is right — governmental regulations are the crux of the problem. Unfortunately many liberals think that government is the solution to everything and many rednecks, like sixgunsteve, think that all homeless people are losers. If only the world were so simple, we could go hunting for peasants all day and then come home to our Food-Stamp subsidized dinners….or we could just lament about homelessness and blame society’s ills on people we disagree with who are clearly not as smart as us.

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  • Charles

    There are over 40,000 Laws to arrest the average citizen. We are under attack by an out of control government at all levels. Join the Resistance Movment

  • zeroid

    what about a person who is TRULY SLEEP WALKING??

  • Jibreel Riley

    This is something that is needed in Columbus Ohio! You can’t walk from Short North to Ohio State without being panhandled at least 3 times. Half these kids don’t know any better that giving vagrants money is not helping you or them and the community as a whole. The worst if San Francisco, vagrants are like feral cats and Boston’s North End, Allston running a close 2nd. Cambridge makes vagrants get permits to panhandle however Columbus Ohio is behind the curve when it comes to many things… OSU and Columbus will learn the hard way when a student is killed or rapped, its only a matter of time!

  • Eric

    News update: The town’s Homeless community is pressuring the town council to outlaw being awake in public. “I’m 33, and I’m tired of seeing all these paranoid, well-dressed old people walk by me every day. It just weirds me out,” says local boxowner, Johm “stinky britches” Lyons.

    • HardTruth00

      I would simply start calling the police and making citizens arrests of ANYONE who is asleep. If tons of people started doing this, the police would have to follow through.

      It’s a BS law. Fight it. Fight fire with fire. Fill their courts with ANYONE who falls asleep.

  • U.S. Citizen

    I would like to give a short history lesson. If you would read all of my post i would appreciate your time. thank you,

    On March 1 of 1781 the first “Constitution” of the U.S.A. was ratified by the states. In the Articles of Confederation there was a provision that was included for this type of problem. “Article 4 … the free inhabitants of each of these states, paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from Justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several states…..”

    So as you can see, the founders of this country excluded from the privileged – paupers, vagabonds and fugitives. It was seen as a good way to keep the “useless” from running around and ruining the rest of the country. However, in the year 1787, a new idea came about and the Articles of Confederation were to be amended. That did not happen. In place of amendments, a NEW agreement was drawn up between the states and ratification of the Constitution of the United States happened by June of 1788. In that New Constitution the exclusion from privileges of paupers and vagabonds were not included.

    i leave you with this information to do with as you please. thank you for your time

    • Dadzrites

      Yeah, and part of those paupers, vagabonds and fugitives were lawyers. Read on:

      If there is a stain on the record of our forefathers, a dark hour in the earliest history of the American Colonies, it would be the hanging of the “witches” at Salem.

      But that was a pinpoint in place and time–a brief lapse into hysteria. For the most part, our seventeenth century colonists were scrupulously fair, even in fear.

      There was one group of people they feared with reason–a society, you might say, whose often insidious craft had claimed a multitude of victims, ever since the middle ages in Europe.

      One group of people were hated and feared from Massachusetts Bay to Virginia. The Magistrate would not burn them at the stake although surely a great many of the colonists would have surely recommended such a solution. Our forefathers were baffled by them.

      In the first place where did they come from? Of all who sailed from England to Plymouth in 1620, not one of them was aboard.

      “VERMIN.” That’s what the Colonist called them. Parasites who fed on human misery, spreading sorrow and confusion wherever they went.

      “DESTRUCTIVE.” they were called.

      And still they were permitted co-existence with the colonists. For a while, anyway. Of course there were colonial laws prohibiting the practice of their infamous craft. Somehow a way was always found around all those laws.

      In 1641, Massachusetts Bay colony took a novel approach to the problem. The governors attempted to starve the “devils” out of existence through economic exclusion. They were denied wages, and thereby it was hoped that they would perish.

      Four years later, Virginia followed the example of Massachusettes Bay and for a while it seemed that the dilema had been resolved.

      It had not, somehow the parasites managed to survive, and the mere nearness of them made the colonists skin crawl.

      In 1658, in Virginia, the final solution: Banishment; EXILE. The “treacherous ones” were cast out of the colony. At last, after decades of enduring the psychological gloom, the sun came out and the birds sang, and all was right with the world. And the elation continued for a generation.

      I’m not sure why the Virginians eventually allowed the outcasts to return, but they did. In 1680 after twenty-two years, the despised ones were readmitted to the colony on the condition that they be subjected to the strictest surveillance.

      How soon we forget!!

      For indeed over the next half century or so, the imposed restrictions were slowly, quietly swept away. And those whose treachery had been feared since the middle ages ultimatly took their place in society.

      You see, the “vermin” that once infested colonial America, the parasites who prayed on the misfortunes of their neighbors until finally they were officially banished from Virginia, those dreaded, despised, outcasts masters of confusion were lawyers.

      From “Paul Harvey’s” The rest of the story.
      Paul Harvey is a national talk show host.

    • Father On

      most ot the habitually homeless have mental health issues. The solution is not just a matter of providing better social housing or shelters because most of these people would not use them. They have emotional/personality disorders which addict them to being what they see as completely free. The problem is that it is now so easy to stay fed and clothed in our cities while sleeping outside,that it is attracting more and more people with the same disorder. Instead of being forced to deal with their disorders, they can live out their lives empowered to defy all convention .

  • Eric

    I understand your concern james. There is nothing scarier than walking by a sleeping homeless person on a park bench.

    • Bruce McClarron

      I’ll take that as SARCASM!!!!

  • yabecoo

    Business owners said they’re a nuisance and eyesore, but one resident disagreed with the adopted solution.

    “It would be easier if they would help them out,” he said.

    Hey resident, If you’re so concerned about their well being why don’t you take a few home with you.

  • Dave

    This is Obama’s fault.

    No one was homeless during the Bush years. I’ll bet all these homeless people are democrats too.

  • James

    I’m 67 years old. There’s a beautiful riverside walk in the city near where I live. I don’t walk it alone, because I’m unnerved by the clusters of vagrants always seen sitting at the picnic tables alongside the walkways. And yes, dead bodies are periodically found along the river’s edge. Why should decent, taxpaying citizens have to put up with that kind of intimidation?


      So what happens if you lose your JOB…Your home is foreclosed-on and you have NO family??? Some humanitarian you are!!!! You seem like a very SELFISH SOB – I hope you choke on your turkey on 11/26!!!!!!

  • ocjohn

    “you could be fined or arrested for sleeping in public”

    Why me? I don’t even live in New Jersey.

  • Black Eagle

    More laws to put more people into prison, which means more cops, and more Federal or State guns pointed at ordinary people, with a GD chip on their shoulder looking for something… anything… any excuse, to apply “The Law”. And surely it will be applied to some poor slob who decides to nap on the way home from work, or someone who is waiting for a friend or whatever. Next, they’ll call in the TSA which will soon enough become an American “Brownshirt” organization.

  • Eric

    Breaking News: The town is now considering a ban on being homeless in public.

  • Tarmangani

    So if someone has no place to sleep they will be arrested and taken to jail….. where they can sleep and get a meal. Yeah, I can see where they are fixing the problem.

    • amplitude jones

      yeah. The problem is our infestation of democrats. we NEED to fix THAT.

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  • Justin Case

    I got nabbed sleeping in my own home in Santa Clara county, California. The police made up a phony report and I spent 5 days locked up for being asleep in my living room. I must have been targeted for challenging at phony traffic ticket. That’s all I can figure. The Jackboots are already here!

    • Bruce McClarron

      Get serious….How did the cops get into your home??? They would have to have a warrant!!!

  • Michael Maleuf

    I would love to see some citizen willing to show the absurdity of this law by making citizen’s arrests of babies sleeping in public. How about it, anybody with the courage to show up this law?

    • Philip B Kirschner

      I ought to visit your sleepy town just to fall asleep on a bench….My form of protest.

    • Johnny Johnson

      Oh don’t worry. Those people wouldn’t fit the profile.

  • John

    This law is wrong. You cannot make a law and then turn around and use it subjectively. Laws apply to everyone. I have no doubt that this law will eventually be use for all sorts of motives.

    Then there is the homeless issue. I’ve seen the same homeless people for decades and they’ve made no effort to change their status. They have no motivation to. So long as there’s a handout from a soft heart they’ll keep plying the same thing. Of course then there’s the fake homeless. Those who claim to be homeless as they beg on corners and then go home to a nice house with all the trimmings. When it comes to the real homeless lets see how many of you want to open your door to them while you sit back and claim so much to care.

    • Tristan

      You and people like you are ridiculous. You have no idea what it’s like to be homeless and no compassion for those who are. You think people choose to live on the streets and beg when they have homes? You make up things like that to cover your guilt for your lack of decency toward your fellow human beings.

      For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

      37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

      40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

      41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

      • Anti Preacher

        Really was quoting the bible really necessary? You know what they should outlaw next that is as annoying as homeless people? Street corner preachers shouting at you while you are waiting for a cross walk light to change to cross the street. Lets take the street preachers off the street too!

      • philinnyc

        Once you come down from your pulpit, maybe you will begin to think rationally. . We have countless agencies, both public and private, who will assist anyone that needs honest help. It is this way coast to coast in American in case you haven’t counted the teeming hordes trying to reach this country. Quoting the Bible has nothing to do with a drunk, mental case, or drug addict sleeping outside your business. Christ would be quite happy with the safety nets our society has supplied for people in need. Now, if they would just use them…

    • A follower of Christ

      Many of the homeless have physical and mental health issues. My husband worked for a homeless shelter for years and yes, many of them did not try to change but many did. I know of many success stories where after falling on hard times, they were able to not just live at the mission but went from there to get decent jobs and become independent again.
      Oh and I have opened my home. My brother in law was homeless and now lives with us. He is safe and getting needed medical care and my husband and I are thrilled to have him with us.

      • Bruce McClarron

        Good for you….There is NOTHING wrong with helping less fortunate folks – who are going through tough times!!! Some of these comments tell me America is losing it’s soul!!!

  • Rick A Hyatt

    This corrupt administration created this problem – Now they wish to outlaw the miscreantnes and take their resources. What else is new?
    Put them in prison, into armies to fight the new wars, it’s the same old stories from WWI to WWII…

  • samerica

    They need a sheriff to run these outlaws outta town.

    • robin Troppitt

      Obama will fix thisl. All praise great leader Obama!

  • AuntiLib

    Run ’em through a TSA genital patdown. That’ll wake ’em up!

  • sickofitall

    he looks pretty well dressed to me.

    • Greg

      It is a extra nice Burberry coat. They have the best stubble bums in that town.

  • RobbieK

    You can blame the ACLU for the homeless population in the U.S. When they filed lawsuit after lawsuit saying mentally ill people couldn’t be held for longer than 72 hours if committed voluntarily, the streets filled with homeless people. I say we make the ACLU fix the problem they started!

    • Tristan

      We could be like every civilized country and provide universal, tax funded healthcare to every citizen and people could get the care they need. Oh, but the fake Christians on the Right don’t want to care for the poor, the sick, the needy. They only want to attend their churches Sunday fashion parades and pretend to be holy.

  • George Schmidt

    All those who are shocked by this ordinance and live in the suburbs please raise their hands.

  • PopRay

    So wouldn’t this be a good time to lock them up???

    • Charles Riley

      Comon PopRay, if you locked them up they would not be homeless, get a clue.

      • PopRay

        Noooooo. The OUTLAWS are asleep on the bench. A good time to nab them while they are asleep

  • Zane

    Seems like most of the homeless have mental or drug problems. Or key people in the family have these problems. It’s not a lifestyle choice by any streach of the imagination. You don’t start the cycle of drug/alcohol with the intent to become homeless.

    So how do we help these folks and keep them off the park benches? Do what we’re doing with government/NGO assistance thing and whatnot but more importantly. . . don’t give up on them. I worked at a homeless vet shelter for a few years and it was the most amazing thing to see these people struggle to put their lives back in order. Most don’t make the turnaround on the first try, but we can’t give up on them.

    • Monty

      Zane: If you think it’s not a “lifetime choice” then you should tyell us what kind of “choice” it is.

      • Zane

        A minority of the homeless will tell you it is a lifestyle choice, Monty. Maybe it is for some of them, but when you talk to these free spirits you almost always find a hitch. Something that you or I could stand up against but that they could not.

        As for the vast majoity it’s MENTAL ILLNESS, DRUG and ALCOHOL use gone off the rails and MISFORTUNE.

        To get a better understanding of their plight, might I recommend a visit to your local homeless shelter this Thanksgiving? It’s the human touch that they need most.

        And one other thing; there are a lot of bleeding heart conservatives out there as well. Not to marginalize liberal giving here but check out Aurthur C. Brooks “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.” .

    • chris maclennan

      I also worked as an addictions counselor at a homeless healthcare clinic and was blessed to be able to provide treatment to the ones who wanted it. The ones that truely wanted treatment got that treatment and were able to leave the ranks of the homeless. It was very gratifying to watch people turn their lives around when given the proper support!Also we had those who were severly mentally ill but with much patience and wise outreach they could be brought into the clinic and given medications which allowed thrm to put their illness into remission and eventually become housed!Yes there are those who make being homeless a way of life and many of them claim they are freeer than those of us who work for a living and who knows maybe they are.

  • time for change

    the poor shall be with you always, open your heart when you see them and do what you are led to do…call the police, walk away or help its your choice.. let YOUR conscience be YOUR guide… someday you or i could be that person. End the Fed before we are all looking for a bench to sleep on

  • August

    Your shelters are HORRIFYING PRISONS; this law is unconstitutional!

  • QE2Infinity

    Please do not spend much time thinking about this article. Instead, worry about the true enabler to an environment that harbors situations like we read about here, all around us.

    It’s not about Democrats. It’s not about Republicans.

    It’s about money- our currency is entering death throes and the people responsible are looting to the best of their abilities.

    Please. Research the Federal Reserve. Start with the Fed’s own website, look at what they say they were founded for and then compare it to their role today.

    Knowledge is the key here! Learn to think critically for once people- arguing over the homeless is a waste of your time at this point. As a poster mentioned above, the government is an enabler. Learn about a powerful reason government is able to do the things it does.

    • val

      The Federal Reserve is the biggest gang of corporate thieves on the planet, outside of the WTO. They need to be audited, so that the people who don’t understand fiat currency and printing “money” can finally wake up and stop them.

    • claspur

      New online video to check-out, QE2. “United We Fall”
      Also look at “The Obama Deception” if you havn’t already.

  • philinnyc

    Wow, it’s really hard to understand why business owners (and their customers!) don’t want drunks, mental cases, and druggies sleeping in front of their livelihood. As usual, the bleeding hearts don’t get it. Taxpayers provide services via government agencies that assist with food, housing, medical, tuition, general assistance, SSI, SSA, unemployment, VA benefits, utility payments, and employment assistance. With all these “bennies” coming from taxpayer funds, is it really too much to ask to quit sleeping in front of stores? Since the homeless wouldn’t comply, a new law had to be written. Pity.

    • August

      All the homeless have handfuls & handfuls of letters from those agencies with “CLAIM DENIED” stamped in red on the top!

      • val

        Of course nobody wants them sleeping on their doorstep, but I agree with August – this is an unconstitutional law. There are trespassing laws on the books, use those. It used to be that churches and other private institutions would open their doors to the homeless and provide a place to sleep and clean up. City ordinances outlawed that through other regulations. What are these people supposed to do?

  • diane

    Here is a true story. My brother has been homeless for most of the past ten years. He is a recovering addict who has had to pay about $250.00 a month on methadone from a clinic. He recently had a small apartment and was self-sufficient for about 3 years, but lost his job during the economic downturn. He is sleeping in his car, but he won’t have the car long, because he can no longer afford to pay his registration. He eats two meals a day at a church, sells his food stamps to a store owner for a fraction of their worth and makes a small amount of money off recycling bottles and cans. We have offered our guest room to him multiple times, but he does not want to answer to anyone and prefers his current lifestyle. It is difficult for our family to watch him look more and more frail. He is a talented, kind person who has made a series of bad choices over his lifetime, but I must admit that Wall Street is correct when he says that the government is enabling my brother to live this life. He received a couple of years of unemployment and chose not to work because he couldn’t earn as much on minimum wage. The whole situation is just sad…..

  • Bidwell Adam White

    Chicago, New York, Detroit and it’s all on the same street.

    Your typical city involved in a typical daydream

    Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings.

  • Jasonn

    Here in the People’s Republic of California, CALTRANS purchased some new work trucks that sleep six.

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