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Homeless man calls the cops on family lounging in park

OKALOOSA COUNTY -- A law intended to keep vagrants from sleeping on benches backfired on a Fort Walton Beach family. A visit from a police officer put a damper on their day in the park.

Michelle McCormick and her husband brought their kids to Fort Walton Landing to try and enjoy the sunshine. But Fort Walton Beach has a law that prohibits sleeping or lounging in the park for "protracted periods of time."

It is targeted at the homeless, but in this case, it was a homeless man who called the cops on them!

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TwelveOhOne's picture

"Protracted periods"?

"But officer, I was not bisecting that angle with a tiny dot!"

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Smart thinking

by the homeless guy. He might not have much voice in getting a law changed, but the lounging family might have some connections. That's political recruitment right there!

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Did he use his obama phone?

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Cyril's picture

"The boomerang effect", I suppose.

"The boomerang effect", I suppose.

Hello, dear Unintended Consequences. Nice Irony you're wearing with class, today. :)

We gotta love the stupid and perverted law.

Don't we?

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

“It’s like they didn’t think about the ramifications.”

Indeed. The law was designed for one class of persons but that's rather problematic under equal protection doctrine. What a shame. The more significant ramification here is that this class of persons, defined as vagrants, are primarily defined as those with no home ownership or residential property rental.

In some places, vagrancy itself is defined as a crime. You must not only have a place to be, but in many places it has to be "up to code". You are given the choice of involving yourself and enfranchising yourself in this system of property ownership or you can go to jail.

Private property can be a means of advancing freedom but on a practical level it seems to produce slavery and/or the criminalising of natural behavior: to be born on a planet and to be recognized as having an innate right to be there.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.


99.99999999999999999999999999% of the time I'm totally against calling the cops for any reason but this was an absolutely great reason to contact the so-called authorities!

This is what happens when a people creates laws to persecute undesirables... they soon find they're undesirable too.

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?