Sue the homeless?

Will this ever happen in Hoboken? Is this the right thing to do? I highly doubt these guys can pay a million bucks, but if you sued them for like 10,000 aluminum cans, they might get scared.

Link to story HERE.

NYC Shopkeeper Sues to Shoo Homeless

Jan 18, 10:28 AM EST

homeless.jpg NEW YORK (AP) — An antiques dealer sued four homeless people, seeking to keep them away from his store on a posh shopping street because, he says, they alienate customers and block window displays.

Store owner Karl Kemp also seeks $1 million from the four, named in the lawsuit as John Doe, Bob Doe, John Smith and Jane Doe.

The suit, filed this week, says they can often be found sleeping on the sidewalk, drinking alcoholic beverages and “performing various bodily functions such as urinating and spitting” outside Karl Kemp & Associates on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. Kemp seeks to keep them 100 feet from the store.

Kemp said he decided to sue after complaints to police brought no changes. He also said he was concerned about the health of one of the three men.

“You and I pay taxes in New York City, and some of that is to maintain decent shelters. And he should take advantage of that,” Kemp said.

Advocates for the homeless called the lawsuit hardhearted.

“Until we see to it that every single homeless individual has a place to stay, this is our reality,” said Shelly Nortz, a deputy executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless.

“The complaint that they somehow occasionally occupy a space that is also home to Gucci and Chanel doesn’t mean that they’re breaking any law,” she said.

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Yeah, that’s dead on Emarche. Many of my friends that are still out there blame everyone but themselves for their problems. Playing the role of the victim. There is help out there if you want it. That’s the key though, you have to want it. Blaming everyone else for your situation, in my opinion, isn’t indicative of someone you wants help.


Excellent point about not allowing the past to hold you hostage. emarche’s post hits it on the head.

Only thing left to add, is remembering that you wake up every morning with a new day.


That’s a great point – mainly because you’re holding yourself accountable for the events in your life. Unfortunately the tendency in this country (and many others) is for people to point a finger away from the primary source of all of their problems…themselves. And that finger often goes in some (when you really sit down and think about it objectively) funny directions: it’s the Democrats’ fault; it’s the Republicans’ fault; it’s the Yuppie’s fault; it’s my parents’ fault; etc. Which naturally leads to, “Who -else- is going to fix -my- problems?”. It’s a pretty dangerous cycle/trap to fall into and one that ultimately compromises the integrity of any society.


I was standing outside Starbucks yesterday with some friends on Newark street drinking a cup o Joe and someone walks by that I knew since I was young. He’s homeless with a habit now. I have a few friends that I grew up with that are on the streets and all of them are habitual drug abusers. I think that the percentage of homeless that can be rehabilitated and returned to functional society in small. The exception, not the rule. A guy just a bit older than me froze to death about three years ago in Hoboken. He was a good man. You would have never thought growing up that would have been his fate.

I’ve struggled to try and figure out why some of my friends and myself made some of decisions that we did. Drugs and violence were prevalent in those days but not everybody choose the path that we took. Many came from broken\dysfunctional homes but not all. I’ve long since abandoned the self analysis of my past and decided to focus on the future. In the end, they were my decisions, despite the influences, and no one else’s and I’ve learned to live with that. Not all are incorrigible and prone to recidivism. There are some success stories amongst some of my friends but it’s still tough to learn of another death or another one out on the street.