Working the system

April 23, 2008

TONY
“A cop gave me a ticket yesterday.”

PHILIP
“For what? For being homeless?”

TONY
“Almost. I was standing at the top of the street and this cruiser stopped and the cop gave me a ticket. She said I was panhandling near a bank machine which was an offence. So I asked if I could at least get a warning first, since I didn’t know about the law but he officer didn’t budge at all.

“So today a friend tells me that CFRB radio said that a lot of street people had been ticketed recently for all sorts of things. The guy on the radio said that it costs way more to lock folks up than the city will ever collect in fines. No kidding! I mean, where am I going to find the ninety-six bucks anyway?”

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6 Responses to “Working the system”


  1. Just harassment…just so the politicians can say they’re doing something…just so you have a warrant and get dug in even deeper…

  2. debbielynn Says:

    Outrageous!

    I visit a site on a regular basis and had heard there that ticketing homeless people was something in the works. What a crock. I’m embarrassed to be part of this world some days.


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  4. Denguy Says:

    A-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
    Sorry for laughing, but that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard–a ticket for standing on a corner.

    That’s really messed up.

  5. Claudia Says:

    NOT cool at all. Where the eff is COMMON SENSE these days?

  6. Tray Says:

    yeah man i feel for you, i spent about 5 months homeless when i was 17. and i have never seen anything like that. how do you get a ticket when your already homeless, talk about kicking someone while their down.


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