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Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?

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If you're living on the streets, engaging in the biological necessities of life -- like sitting, sleeping, lying down or loitering -- will get you in jail. It's too bad so many people are falling into poverty at a time when it’s almost illegal to be poor. You won’t be arrested for shopping in a Dollar Store, but if you are truly, deeply, in-the-streets poor, you’re well advised not to engage in any of the biological necessities of life — like sitting, sleeping, lying down or loitering. City officials boast that there is nothing discriminatory about the ordinances that afflict the destitute, most of which go back to the dawn of gentrification in the ’80s and ’90s. “If you’re lying on a sidewalk, whether you’re homeless or a millionaire, you’re in violation of the ordinance,” a city attorney in St. Petersburg, Fla., said in June, echoing Anatole France’s immortal observation that “the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges.”

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Comment by Lola Flores
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 According to the Right Wing it is.  Remember, it is them who think that people who don't have healthcare in this country are "lazy" and "cheap" - So, don't look at me for that one, I ain't partisan!

Comment by Found Zero
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Too bourgeious for my taste. "It's now a crime to be poor? Duh? Oh wow, like look at my hair!"



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