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Hammer won’t ease homelessness


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013

~~<p>The homeless problem on Oahu is frustrating, with highly visible encampments of street people who resist help and renounce intervention. Still, we as a community must never sink to cheap street vigilantism and pretend it is a valid solution.</p>
<p>That's what state Rep. Tom Brower did, patrolling the streets of his 22nd District armed with a sledgehammer and destroying the shopping carts that homeless people use to tote their meager belongings. Brower, a Democrat who has been in the state House since 2006, took pride in rousting people who are illegally sleeping at bus stops and seizing what he deemed abandoned shopping carts. If the carts were clearly marked with a store's logo, he returned them to the store. If not, he destroyed them with his sledgehammer and recycled the pieces. Brower estimated he'd returned four carts and destroyed 20 over the past few weeks.</p>
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The homeless problem on Oahu is frustrating, with highly visible encampments of street people who resist help and renounce intervention. Still, we as a community must never sink to cheap street vigilantism and pretend it is a valid solution.

That's what state Rep. Tom Brower did, patrolling the streets of his 22nd District armed with a sledgehammer and destroying the shopping carts that homeless people use to tote their meager belongings. Brower, a Democrat who has been in the state House since 2006, took pride in rousting people who are illegally sleeping at bus stops and seizing what he deemed abandoned shopping carts. If the carts were clearly marked with a store's logo, he returned them to the store. If not, he destroyed them with his sledgehammer and recycled the pieces. Brower estimated he'd returned four carts and destroyed 20 over the past few weeks. Login for more...



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