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Miami Considers Ban On Feeding the Homeless Without Training 18

Posted by samzenpus
from the watch-your-fingers dept.
The Miami City Commission will consider a proposal next month that would make it illegal for "unauthorized people and groups" to feed the homeless. They say the ordinance will cut down on litter and ensure the safety of the food that the homeless eat. Anyone without formal training who is caught giving food away would first receive a warning and then fines up to $300 for subsequent food offerings. Without laws like this the homeless might start to associate people with food, and the only thing more inconvenient than having to look at a homeless person in the morning is having to run away from cannibals.

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Miami Considers Ban On Feeding the Homeless Without Training

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  • Uh... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Locke2005 (849178) on Monday March 01, 2010 @01:57PM (#31319968)
    Wouldn't a ban on giving the homeless money for alcohol and drugs do a lot more to protect their health? Fining someone for buying a homeless person a burger sounds like a real dick move.
    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I've had homeless people refuse food when asking for money.

      One guy was panhandling outside a Subway sub shop and asked for "some change so I can get something to eat." I was feeling charitable and I had time on my hands, so I asked him "you want money so you can get a sub or something?" He said yes.

      So I said we should both go inside the sub shop and I'd pay for his sub. He said no thanks and just wanted the money. I repeated my offer, and he got pissed off saying "if you don't want to give me any money just

    • So, if you feel pity for the poor, or have christian believes you want to follow - this will be illegal? Being compassionate towards your fellow will be a crime? Giving help will be punishable? Good planning Corporate America for the *Zombing the nation* project
  • by asdf7890 (1518587) on Monday March 01, 2010 @02:51PM (#31320752)
    A couple of the food establishments around here used to give their waste food (pre-made snadwiches that were "on date" or always sold as "made today" being the main constituan, though fruit and veg was involved too) to a local hospice at the end of the day - an arragenment the hospice and the people (the truely homeless and those escaping from bad homes) it cared for. The council put a stop to it on health and safety grounds, lord knows why. Now the same food goes into bins that the homeless raid - how much more healthy and safe is that?!
  • wait cannibals what? that is a logical jump even evil Knievel could not make.
    • It's called irony. It was parodying the signs telling you not to feed wildlife in case they begin to associate people with food.

  • This, like this other slashdot story [slashdot.org] from a little ways back, is a useful test for distinguishing between enthusiasts of property rights and the just plain evil fuckers who often hide among them and use them for moral and intellectual cover.

    To say that the homeless have no right to my property is simply a property rights position. To make it illegal to voluntarily practice charity, on the other hand, is the action of a worthless shitbag who hates the poor so much that they are willing to deny even the ri
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The central problem is distinguishing:

    Poor by Choice

    Poor by Circumstance

    Poor by Habit

    The Poor by Habit will often masquerade the Poor by Circumstance (ex I don't have a drug habit - but my boss fired me and none of my family will take me in etc). And yes, this issue should generally be addressed by professionals, or you are far more likely reinforcing the same habits that got them there.

Your own mileage may vary.

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