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I used to see panhandlers every time I went to gas station, but Cleveland has criminalized that, and they have all disappeared. I presume now that they can be arrested, the store owners have the leverage to force the homeless to stay away.
But where are they? How are they getting food now?
This law has been on the city's books since 2005, but I think it was ignored until the Republican Convention was here, last summer.
It is 100% unconstitutional and immoral, IMO. It's not the government's place to dictate that shelters are the ONLY place a homeless person can be, or that they cannot "forage". There's no huge homeless population here, and no reports of "citizens" being assaulted by the homeless, etc.
It disgusts me, that a city like this one is cruel to the poor.
The store employee told me he has an apartment. He just wants his habits paid for. He said they are supposed to remove him and I hope they do.