Are you cold? Hungry? No-where to go?
Well, I hope panhandling has reaped huge rewards today because the Tories are probably going to fine you.
Yup, this is the latest cattle crap spewing forth from the government and councils of this country:
Westminster Council want to introduce a new bye-law which will make it an offense, punishable by fine, to “sleep or lie down”, “deposit materials used as bedding” or “give out, or permit another to give out, food for free”.
Right, I can picture the scene:
COP: “You, you there!”
MAN WITH BURGER: “Me?”
COP: “Yeah you. You gonna eat that?”
MAN WITH BURGER: “Yeah. That’s…that’s OK right?”
COP: “Oh sure, sure, it’s just…awful lot of homeless around these parts”
MAN WITH BURGER: “Riiiiight”
COP: “Better not see you handing that burger over to one of those cold, wet, hungry, homeless guys”
MAN WITH BURGER: “Noooooo, not me, I would…CATCH HOBO!”
MAN THROWS BURGER AND RUNS FOR COVER, POLICE BRING HIM DOWN IN HAIL OF GUNFIRE.
I may have exaggerated the issue slightly but, let’s face it, the ridiculousness of my scenario is nothing compared to the idiocy of the bye-law proposition.
Pret A Manger have been distributing their unsold food to London’s homeless for years, but with this law in place they will be forced to throw this good food away.
It’s unsold, it’s not going to be sold, it’s going to the bins, why shouldn’t someone benefit from it?
As for making it an offense to “deposit materials used as bedding”, what does that even mean?
I can’t lay out a blanket for a picnic? Drop an armful of straw?
What if i’m carrying a mattress and…look, the point here is that making homelessness illegal is ridiculous.
There is no logic to this proposition, none whatsoever.
Grab yourselves a sleeping bag or an armful of sandwiches and let the revolution begin.