Right, well let’s run the tale first, from This is True:
Sarasota, Fla., was once named the “meanest city” in the nation by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the National Coalition for the Homeless, but eventually that designation was forgotten. Darren Kersey, 28, is homeless, and stopped at a picnic shelter in a public park in Sarasota to recharge his cell phone. He was promptly arrested. The charge: “theft of city utilities will not be tolerated during this bad economy,”
Sgt. Anthony Frangioni wrote in his report. Or, in more legal terms, misdemeanor theft. Circuit Judge Charles Williams begged to differ: he threw the case out, but not until Kersey had spent a night in jail — he couldn’t afford the $500 bail. Meanwhile, the city provides free power to charge electric vehicles for anyone wealthy enough to have one. (RC/Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Pretty mean, huh? My question is – how does a homeless man have a cell phone? Who pays? And with whom does he communicate? And if he does, why do they allow him to remain homeless on the street?
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