Sit on this Washington sidewalk and face a $1,000 fine plus 90 days in jail


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/09/sit-on-this-washington-sidewal.html


#2

Who needs Cards Against Humanity when you have laws against humanity?


#3

When this was tried in Seattle proper, they called them, “civility laws”, which tells you all you need to know about government civility.


#4

Sit/lie laws nothing new, sadly. SF has one, although it’s basically unenforced. Turns out that it costs a lot of money and takes a lot of police resources to jail homeless people. Doesn’t stop people here from demanding that it be enforced.


#5

Opponents of the law says it’s a violation of human rights.

Huh? Thanks for your concern, but you don’t understand - I’m a white male. My rights will be just fine.


#6

And if one has no legs?


#7

I’m sure it’s enforced, just arbitrarily and as a pretext for stop and frisk style searches of POC nd the homeless.


#8

How noble the law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sitting on the side of the street.


#9

What a weird law. I mean, it just calls for people collapsing of exhaustion, “needing a sit-down of a few minutes, no, no need for an ambulance” to flout the law to the point of absurdity.


#10

Just how nice is this sidewalk, anyway?


#11

The local jail just might be nicer, when it’s below freezing out. This is Washington, not Mississippi.


#12

If ever there was a time to see how far you can push citizens arrests against the wealthy and their children. When they complain they can be briefly reminded of zero-tolerance policies and police overreach in low income schools.


#13

That’s not the Monroe I used to know back in the 80s.
I’ll bet Duvall has changed too.


#14

Mount Vernon, WA, not that far away from Monroe, has a small sculpture park downtown with built-in steps/benches for sitting. However,. the homeless prefer to congregate along the River Walk; where the benches and scenery are nicer.


#15

In Monroe? Not so nice, actually.


#16

Makes me ashamed to be a Washingtonian.


#17

In Monroe? Mostly rubble.


#18

Duvall had exploded is the past 10 or so years. The taxes are low and many Microsofties are priced out of Redmond these days.


#19

Does it have a Starbucks yet?


#20

It’s Washington. EVERYTHING has a Starbucks.