The New Crime of Eating While Homeless

Undoubtedly an extreme left emotion but WTF?

By outlawing dumpster diving, Houston is making life impossible for the most vulnerable.

By Jim Hightower

May 26, 2013 “Information Clearing House” -“Other Words” — Whenever one of our cities gets a star turn as host of some super-sparkly event, such as a national political gathering or the Super Bowl, its first move is to tidy up — by having the police sweep homeless people into jail, out of town, or under some rug.

But Houston’s tidy-uppers aren’t waiting for a world-class event to rationalize going after homeless down-and-outers. They’ve preemptively outlawed the “crime” of dumpster diving in the Texan city.

In March, James Kelly, a 44-year-old Navy veteran, was passing through Houston on his way to connect with family in California. Homeless, destitute, and hungry, he chose to check out the dining delicacies in a trash bin near City Hall. Spotted by police, Kelly was promptly charged with “disturbing the contents of a garbage can in the [central] business district.” Seriously.

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One thought on “The New Crime of Eating While Homeless

  1. Saw this story and thought should I post it on Facebook or not… Thanks for taking the decision off me and well done for drawing it to New Zealanders’ attention – won’t be long before the same behaviour becomes law here…

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