July 29, 2006

Don’t feed the homeless

It would seem that 12,000 homeless folk are ruining the lush grassy beauty of Las Vegas. At least I assume that’s the case, since laws have been introduced to make it illegal to feed homeless people in parks.

Yes, that’s right: “do not feed the pigeons” signs will be replaced with “do not feed the homeless people”.

It will still be entirely legally for the less disadvantaged to take their equally less disadvantaged relatives or friends to a park for a picnic, so long as everyone carries proof of residence, in case they are accused of being a homeless person while passing around slices of sponge cake for dessert.

Seems they don’t like homeless people cluttering up the grasslands, because, well, it’s aesthetically displeasing.

A humpy of homeless in a pretty area tends to run the risk of:

“ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods.”

Advantaged people flaunting their legal right to clutter up parklands.

Other cities across the US have also initiated similar laws to protect the attractiveness of their streets and parklands.

“I don’t think anybody in America wants people to starve to death,” Mr. Reese said. “But if you want to help somebody, people can go to McDonald’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken and give them a meal.”

I’ll bet all the casinos in Las Vegas that McDonald’s and KFC are thrilled to bits with that little piece of PR.

At a June Council meeting, the Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar B. Goodman:

“suggested that panhandlers with signs asking for food be sued for “false advertising” because soup kitchens provide free meals.“

Now, if only we could initiate laws to get rid of the ugly people cluttering up the world, oh, and maybe people with too many freckles, yes.


  1. Anonymous4:08 AM

    When was the last time you saw a duck in an American park?


    I rest my case.

  2. Lets us not feed the politicians.

    Let them beg for food and then they see how it is.

    Let them try to find work along with the evil property owners

    Let them sleep under bridges why we sleep in the comfortable houses.

    Let them take the log out of their eye, Need I say more?

  3. Vegas always ends up on the list of the "meanest cities towards the homeless". It's a tourist town bent towards gambling. They want you to spend your money in the casinos/restaurants/hotels and not feel guilty when you see somebody panhandling. Their thinking is from an economic perspective and not a social one. (Don't get me wrong. I don't agree with them. At all.)

    When I lived there, I befriended a young homeless couple and let them stay in my apartment during the day since the local mission would kick them out for most of the day. One day, Mike (the guy) said he loved LV because of all the wealth in that town. Me and Tara just stared at him with puzzled looks on our faces. I imagine she was thinking the same thing I was. "Fat lot of good it does you."

  4. Interesting story Berryvox - even for the homeless vicarious participation in wealth is more fun than the alternative, 'eh?

  5. I'm all about helping the homeless BUT I don't think that handing out food in a park is the way to do that. Handing out meals in a park will not help that individual with long term benifits. It simply gives them a reason to stay at their current place in society and they have SO MUCH MORE potential than to take such hand outs.

    I do agree with the idea of going to a soup kitchen or mission. More often than not these types of places are equiped to offer more assistance. These people deserve more than a hand out, they deserve a chance to get back on their feet and achieve their dreams.