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The Strand might just be acting assholish to homeless people, but they're also legally responsible for keeping the sidewalk clean and clear. There is a possibility the sprinkler system was for that purpose.
So yes, I can feel sorry for homeless people in general (no one chooses that life), but when they foul up your workspace or business any time you do not actively try to keep them away, I sympathize with the business.
Crap! Sometimes I get entranced by all the porn and forget that this place is terrible sometimes. It's a wily beast.
well not exactly home. Anna Minard who so passionately lets us know of the injustices done to the homeless, she's recently offered her home to many homeless people. So it's not exactly Joe and Jane Schmoe's home, Anna has like 8 homeless persons living with her at present, but Anna is very sweet to them, and she gives them some dog kibble in a bowl before she leaves for work.
I definitely sympathize with businesses for that very reason.
I interviewed for a job in Pioneer Square several years ago. One of my job tasks would have been to watch the exterior camera and lock the door remotely anytime someone who appeared to be homeless tried to walk in. It's shitty, but keeping a homeless person out in the first place would likely be less uncomfortable for them, me, and legitimate customers than having to ask that person to leave the second they walked in the door.
That said, surely the Strand could have come up with a better way to discourage sleeping in front of the store. Place a lot of heavy and/or uncomfortable obstacles outside when they close up for the night? Play classical music? They could have done any number of things that don't run the risk of giving homeless people hypothermia.
Does Paul Constant have any extra bedrooms.
Then instead of going back to sleep, why doesn't he house and feed a homeless person at his own expense.
Find several of the most repulsive porn magazines you can get. Go into the store and use your credit for whatever you want but leave the porn hidden through out the store . Bang, you're even.
I don't blame the exasperated small business people like this book store. I blame the lack of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment beds, and the decades long attack on working people, small business, and the poor by corporate special interests.
Seems a hell of a lot more humane for homeless folks and better for the community than what we do here.