View Poll Results: Anyone Feeding The Homeless Should Be A Crime

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Thread: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless : The Salt : NPR





    What???



    Helping people eat could be a crime??? With Fines?

    Does this make sense?
    Lets all stand out in front of your home and children's schools and set up a soup kitchen to feed the homeless and see how you feel about this subject in a year from now.
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Yes, and generally able to fend for themselves.
    I may be misunderstanding where you are coming from, so help me clarify please. Are you arguing that we shouldn't help the homeless because that would make them "dependent" on us?

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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Lets all stand out in front of your home and children's schools and set up a soup kitchen to feed the homeless and see how you feel about this subject in a year from now.
    So the whole "not in my backyard" thing is rearing it's ugly head here?

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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    So the whole "not in my backyard" thing is rearing it's ugly head here?
    So you wouldn't mind it if someone set up a soup kitchen in front of your house,the place you worked at or children's schools?
    Last edited by jamesrage; 10-24-14 at 07:22 PM.
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    The term human food sounds so wrong.
    Perhaps "food for humans" would be a better term....

    ..although, some of the Alaska grizzlies and polar bears have developed a taste for human food of quite another sort.
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    I may be misunderstanding where you are coming from, so help me clarify please. Are you arguing that we shouldn't help the homeless because that would make them "dependent" on us?
    Feeding the homeless makes us feel good, but what does it really do for the homeless? Give a man a fish.....
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless : The Salt : NPR





    What???



    Helping people eat could be a crime??? With Fines?

    Does this make sense?
    This is one of those victimless crimes that makes absolutely no sense. I am opposed to all victimless crimes. Feeding the homeless is an act of compassion for one's fellow human beings and not a criminal act. Absolute nonsense.
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    I can agree in some ways. Would you want dozens or even hundreds of homeless people hanging out in front of your home or business? I don't think this targets one person handing another a sandwich, but those mobile units that set up downtown and draw large crowds.

    The latest city to crack down is Fort Lauderdale, Fla. According to the Sun Sentinel, the city's commissioners passed a measure early Wednesday that will require feeding sites to be more than 500 feet away from each other, with only one allowed per city block. They'll also have to be at least 500 feet from residential properties.
    One location per block and not near residential areas sounds fair. Can people not walk a block to get free food?

    The measures that restrict food distribution tend to take one of two forms: new rules on the use of public property and new food-safety regulations. Salt Lake City, for example, now requires that anyone preparing and serving food to the homeless get a food handler's permit.
    If you are preparing food for a mass of people this is a good idea to help educate those handling food on safe food prep. This may prevent a food poisoning issue that could possibly send hundreds to the ER with no means to pay for those services.

    Then there is the whole issue of what goes in must come out. Dozens gathered in front of your home or business are going to be doing their business in the area.
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless : The Salt : NPR





    What???



    Helping people eat could be a crime??? With Fines?

    Does this make sense?
    From your link:

    it's community groups practicing "not in my backyard" politics, or NIMBYism,

    I never knew Nimby was an -ism.

    But to the article, it was not quite as dramatic as I thought it would be. I fully expected to read that cops were going to be arresting or ticketing people who hand over a Big Mac to a homeless person. It looks like the rules are clamping down on mostly the handling of the food as well as the locations of food pantries and the like. Or did I read it wrong? I understand retailers and residents not wanting homeless people to congregate outside of their buildings so I get the concept of reigning in the locations.
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    Re: More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsgirl View Post
    I can agree in some ways. Would you want dozens or even hundreds of homeless people hanging out in front of your home or business? I don't think this targets one person handing another a sandwich, but those mobile units that set up downtown and draw large crowds.



    One location per block and not near residential areas sounds fair. Can people not walk a block to get free food?



    If you are preparing food for a mass of people this is a good idea to help educate those handling food on safe food prep. This may prevent a food poisoning issue that could possibly send hundreds to the ER with no means to pay for those services.

    Then there is the whole issue of what goes in must come out. Dozens gathered in front of your home or business are going to be doing their business in the area.
    Okay, it seems that you read it and took it just as I did. Our posts landed within a minute of each other. I agree with everything you said here.
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