The War on the Homeless continues across the pond.
About two weeks after a homeless man was found sleeping near the doors of a posh London apartment, metal spikes went up, with the likely intent of keeping the homeless out.
Photographs of the spikes spread across the internet, after being posted to the Ethical Pioneer’s Twitter page. The “anti-homeless” devices sparked outrage quickly.
— Gain Knowledge (@King_Troopa) June 8, 2014
According to an advocacy group, Crisis, sleeping on the street has gone up 75% in the British capital over the last three years. The policy director for the group, Katharine Sacks-Jones, wrote on the group’s website that “We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement.”
The hash tag #antihomelessspikes quickly engendered a discussion on twitter. Alice Dubiel wrote that “How we fail to comfort and care for most vulnerable in our society reveals our barbarism.” Others added their own thoughts:
These Anti homeless studs are like the spikes they use to keep pigeons off buildings. The destitute now considered vermin.
— David Wells (@dagwells) June 7, 2014
I thought the no-sitting/lying on the sidewalk laws were bad but #AntiHomelessSpikes are Pure Evil.
— The Caring Lobster (@LavLobster) June 7, 2014
Some users were less sympathetic: “I live in an area where there are drunks/junkies sleeping rough. I feel sorry for them but don’t want them in my doorstep,” wrote a woman with the Twitter handle Lady Andrea.
#Antihomelessspikes should be in every city in the USA and UK. There is no excuse for sleeping on someone else’s property
— The Propaganda Wing (@JalaalSadaat) June 8, 2014
I’m all 4 the #antihomelessspikes also sorry not sorry. No 1 wants random homeless ppl sleeping every where deterring ppl & so forth.
— Elsa (@_VictoRihanna_) June 7, 2014
h/t NYDaily News
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