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N.J. Town Outlaws Sleeping In Public

Police Chief: Ordinance Designed To Deal With Homeless
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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.

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