“Little Jake asked, “Did you hear what happened to me? I was panning in front of the pharmacy. This fat woman panhandler told me to move. Lots of people pan there. It’s not her spot, so I waved her away and said, ‘Fuck off. get out of my face. Anyone can pan here.’ That was one day. The next day when she saw me she flagged down a cop. She said that I had verbally assaulted her then stood up and kicked her in the stomach. I didn’t lay a finger on her. Now I have to go to court. Can you imagine that, a panhandler calling the cops on another panhandler. That’s just wrong.”- Court Appearances
Who the hell thought this was a good idea? Using jail or the threat of jail to collect debts from individuals who are too poor to pay? Incarcerating individuals does not address the bigger issues of individuals sleeping in parks, their unemployment, or their level of education. I also can’t help but wonder if giving these individuals money without providing resources to help them find low income housing, employment or understand the basic fundamentals of budgeting and banking causes that cycle of homelessness to just continue.