Suggestion Box: Homeless Sanitation Problem: Install Portajohns.

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The cities need to place them temporarily in areas where the problem is the worst and hire several companies to clean the portajohns once a week. Put them where phone booths used to be and in parks.  After all this is the age of “homeless with smartphones.” With this plan, the homeless will stop defecating on the sidewalks or in the bushes.  It’s a sanitary and health emergency which is getting out of control. Shop owners are forced to clean the sidewalks, lose business, and endure the stench as well as Parks and Rec maintenance workers.  Not fair to them or their customers.

Construction jobs have these portable toilets for their workers so why not use them temporarily for the homeless?  Then work on reducing the homeless.  Shop owners shouldn’t be required to allow them to use their facilities inside unless they are paying customers. Something has to give.

The cities with the biggest homeless are San Francisco, Portland, LA, New York, and Seattle. Their mayors don’t seem to be on top of it.  They don’t enforce their existing vagrancy laws. If anything, they condone it by not dealing with the homeless, incentivizing more to congregate.  Round them up, place them in jail for one night, and see if they come back.  If they do, round them up again.  They’ll tire of it.

Pick one street, park, or beach at a time and coordinate with the Fire and Sanitation Departments. Have the garbage collection companies confiscate their tents and garbage bags and hose down the areas while they’re in jail.  Then put up permanent signage such as no loitering, no soliciting, no vagrancy, no sitting, violators will be prosecuted.  We use signs all over private and public properties such as no skateboarding, no smoking, no parking, no littering, why not for the homeless? Come on man, wake up and do your jobs, city officials!

When they break the law, round them up.  In the meantime, put portajohns in the troubled areas so the public doesn’t have to endure their messes. It’s not fair. This is called tough love, but sometimes it’s the only answer to these problems. And, ironically, the homeless don’t want to see a portajohn in their view so maybe they’ll leave the city.

Back in the day when there were less homeless, we called them hobos or bums.  There were areas where they hung out but never had tents or communities set up for themselves. And never defecating on the beautiful streets of our cities. I can hardly believe this is happening.  Jobs are plentiful, and I can’t believe they’re all mentally ill. Some are, dare I say, just lazy, while they collect a welfare check.  I once offered a just-purchased sealed-in-plastic sandwich to a homeless man with sign which read, “I’m hungry.” He turned my sandwich down asking for money instead.  So he wasn’t really hungry. I can’t figure these guys out.

Now the liberals will say in their defense, “Even if they found a job, the rents are too high for them to afford a place off the street. And where will they wash up to go to their job?” We’ve all heard it.  Big cities inevitably have higher rents.  Small towns across the U.S. don’t.  They could take a bus to a smaller town in a less populated state. They could get into affordable housing projects for the low income. The cities could turn some abandoned properties into suitable housing for them. They could get a couple of roommates like we used to do when we couldn’t afford rent. They could enter a state funded drug rehabilitation program if that is the reason they’re homeless or visit the Veterans Administration for help if that is their reason. Or call a family member for temporary assistance until they are back on their feet.

Why is it so different now?  Rents are higher but so are wages.  I lived on $3.00 an hour for several years and had a roommate, finally finding a place of my own.  I ate less, shopped less, lived on a budget until I earned more.  It’s the American way.

Are we creating a generation of entitled lazies?  When children desire to be You Tubers when they grow up rather than doctors, isn’t that a lazy goal?  Then when it doesn’t work out so well and their parents kick them out, they’ll be the next on the streets or public parks.

Place these portajohns temporarily to save the stench, health, and safety of our cities, at least.  Then mayors, senators, and governors get off your liberal a–es and enforce your laws to clean up your cities! Something has to give! It’s not fair to our once beautiful cities.

“I’m hungry.”  (Not really)

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