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 LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS Feeding Homeless


The Associated Press has reported via Fox News that, "In an effort to curb charity that is having unintended consequences, the City Council has made it illegal to give food to homeless people in city parks."

Residents complained that the large numbers of homeless gathering in the parks make it impossible for others to use them, said city spokesman David Riggleman.

"We're trying to empathize with both camps," he said. "We're hoping we can improve their lives and improve the lives of people living around the park, some of whom have people urinating and defecating in front of their door."

The law, which went into effect Thursday, targets so-called "mobile soup kitchens." It carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

Riggleman said that by shutting down such soup kitchens, homeless people will be encouraged to go to a center or charity that offers services such as mental health evaluations or job placement."

Robert Wurtz II

 2006/7/21 9:20Profile

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