"People aren't getting it, and they're still bringing food and money and resources directly to the folks that are out there right now," Bokhari said. "They're only making themselves feel good. They're hurting the ultimate folks, perhaps we explore making that a misdemeanor" to give goods or money to the homeless or panhandlers.
It didn't go over very well with the liberal woke crowd.
Said the City Council member via twitter late Thursday:
"What we have been doing as a community for the homeless in Charlotte, though well intentioned, isn’t producing the results we need. From tent city to aggressive panhandling, things are getting worse."
The Council member continued:
"I wanted to inspire the task force earlier this week to think outside of the box and come up with outcome-based solutions, I was not proposing specific policy.
My comments at Monday night’s meeting may have seemed harsh to some of you, but I believe we have to push the envelope in order for important issues to get the attention they deserve.
My intention has never been to harm the homeless community, rather make real change and positive outcomes for them. I am grateful this week’s dialogue has put the important work of those crafting the 5-year strategy higher on our collective radar.
My hope is that this task force looks to find synergy in our existing nonprofit and religious groups and finds a way to get this very complex issue under control.
I’ll continue to be at any table where there is work to be done in solving homelessness.
In the meantime, let’s use this spike of attention to get to know the organizations in our backyard providing important services needed to achieve outcomes rather than short-term band aids. Here are 5 groups you can support with your time and money. What other groups focused on outcomes would you recommend to those who feel a calling to help?"
The truth is democrats in this city long ago turned on the bug light for the homeless and panhandlers.
The reasons that Charlotte is a great homeless destination:
Ease of access
Lax panhandling and trespassing laws
Homeless rights that far exceed property and business owners
Countless aid operations
Zero Drug Enforcement
Bleeding Heart Society
It will be a tough challenge to convince the liberals in this city to stop falling for the actors (panhandlers) that occupy key real estate at every major intersection in South Charlotte.
But Bokhari was on the right track.
What he missed was most panhandlers are not homeless, even if some (not many) homeless are panhandlers.
More specifically those individuals at key intersections in South Charlotte are professional panhandlers they, simply put are actors.
That "homeless vet" sign is a fraud, as is the guy with the plastic gas can. Those are props.
Make it illegal to collect donations unless you’re a legit non profit .
Watch the guys who have laid claim to I-485 and Providence Road. The location is pretty sweet. Long light delays (Thanks CLT DOT) protected areas and zero police enforcement.
They all park at either the Fresh Market or the Allen Tate Office and walk over to 485.
Why Isn't It Illegal?
Bokhari already knows that Panhandling is unlawful and there's a grey area of what you can and can't do on a public right of way.
You can't impede traffic, and it's also illegal after dark. Aggressive Panhandling knocking on windows yelling or anything that could be considered as verbal attacks is also reason for arrest. Trouble is if CMPD actually enforced the law officers wouldn't have time for anything else.
Why Do They Do It?
Many panhandlers claim they make an easy $200 a day for about five hours standing on the corner, all cash and few even bother to file the IRS EZ-1040.
And it feeds their drug addiction.
So Bokhari really needs to ask this question. If your kid was a heroin addict and wanted $20 for a hit of black tar heroin would you give them the $20 knowing it might kill them?
That's really what Charlotte's Woke Liberals are doing feeding their addiction.