This week, the Mean People who suck are also providing some comedy. Maybe it’s just me but I can’t help but laugh. It turns out that a lot of the time, mean people are also pretty stupid …or at least do some stupid stuff.
So,there’s this guy…Tom Brower…he’s a state rep from Hawaii. He’s solving the homelessness problem by bashing shopping carts with a sledgehammer.
Excuse the geek moment here but I immediately thought of Captain Hammer from Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Tom Brower is more like Captain Pointless,though. He walks around Honolulu looking for shopping carts that he identifies as one homeless people have been using and smashes the wheels in with a hammer. Then piles them up so the city’s garbage trucks can come pick the up and haul them away to the dump. What a good use of public resources and a friend to the environment.
You have a huge homeless problem in your city and the logical way to deal with it is this instead of advocating for programs that actually help homeless people not be homeless anymore? All righty then. Makes so much sense.
He says he returns carts he can identify to the store they came from but it must be that he can’t read or his store locator app doesn’t work so he can’t figure out where to return all of them to because in this video, the cart he smashes is clearly identifiable.
Whatever. He’s a tool.
And just so I can continue in the vein of Dr Horrible….
These rich people said the homeless have it easy and you shouldn’t give them money because you’re enabling them.
Then there’s this guy.
It’s cool if you do coke and your paycheck comes from taxpayer money as long as you’re not on welfare.
Now might be a good time to point out that Florida’s drug testing for SNAP recipients was a giant waste of money and pretty much everyone’s time. The state lost $45,780 and the end result was about 2.5% testing positive, mostly for marijuana.
(and that’s about the same result coming out of every other state trying this out)
And finally this week, shout out to the Walmart in Canton, Ohio for getting in to the holiday spirit by collecting donations for their own poorly paid employees so they can have a nice Thanksgiving Day dinner. Well, for those employees who don’t have to work on Thanksgiving, I guess.
The further insulting irony here is that a lot of those employees are on SNAP and just had their SNAP allowance reduced this month. Walmart is already one of the biggest beneficiaries of the SNAP program and the most recent SNAP cuts will probably increase that trend.
Fifteen years ago, the city of Miami stopped arresting people for living on the streets and instead offered them a bed at a homeless shelter and focused efforts on permanent solutions to helping homeless people in the city. City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff wants to end this program and revert to the days when Miami gave homeless people a place to stay and food to eat by putting them in a jail cell.
Shelters are at capacity in Miami and instead of looking for ways to fund more shelters & support, Sarnoff thinks the answer is to put homeless people in jail instead.
You can offer suggestions and input to this idea by contacting Mr Sarnoff .