then do something about it instead of just talking about it... i see an aweful lotta bark and no bite in this threadSorry, but this idea that the streets of SF are just lined with people sitting on the sidewalk and screaming at people is complete and utter bullshit. And this idea that businesses lose business because of people sitting on the sidewalks asking for change is baseless. If anything, businesses on the Haight are MAKING money because of people sitting on the sidewalks asking for change. That street is famous because of people like us, and people go there to see people like us. The businesses will call the police instantly if they see any behavior they don't like, because they're almost all run by assholes who could give a fuck about the history of the place, and what REALLY attracts tourists to their businesses. Hint: It's not their overpriced shit.
It's not as if there's even many places on the Haight you could sit down legally even before this stupid law passed, since businesses own the sidewalk in front of them and most of them don't allow you to hang out there.
As a busker, I hate elitist buskers who pretend that they are awesome while people out there spanging are pieces of shit. You aren't better than anybody else just because you have an instrument. As for "if you don't like it, don't go there", as long as we stand (literally) for this shit, the more cities it will pass in, and eventually there won't be anywhere you can go without being harassed simply for resting your weary bones.
The problem here is that there are already laws in place to deal with these situations. And the SF mayor, Gavin Newsom, really is an evil bastard who wants to exterminate homeless people. Formerly, there was a welfare program in SF where, contrary to popular opinion, you actually did have to work to get your check. He replaced the program with Care Not Cash, a program where homeless people have to clean out the tanks under buses, full of the aforementioned piss as well as who knows what other bodily excretion, at 7AM for the privilege of sleeping in a nasty, overcrowded city shelter that kicks you out every morning at 4 AM. The shelter has an 9PM curfew and you don't even get to choose what you eat.the people who really deserve to be cut a break are the people who are making something of themselves while being there. playing good music or selling art you put time into i think is a reasonable way to spend your time as a "homeless" person. but screaming about anarchy at passerby and breaking shit...being drunk and disorderly... pissing yourself and hitting your dog... fuck yea id make you walk too.
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