Hawaii Rep. Tom Brower Thinks Smashing Shopping Carts Will Help Solve Homeless Problem

In Hawaii, Tom Brower, a Democratic state representative, is walking around with a sledgehammer and disabling shopping carts used by the homeless. He says he does it because “it’s threatening to steal things,” referring to the homeless taking shopping carts to use as storage for their personal possessions, and yet Brower does not see the irony of how threatening it is to walk around with a sledgehammer to smash carts. And it’s not just the carts—Brower appears to have disdain for the homeless, one of the most vulnerable segments of our society who often suffer from mental health issues.

“If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything, but if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your ass moving,’” he told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Instead of spending so much time walking around smashing things, Brower should use his time to talk to the homeless (see here, here, and here), and figure out ways to help. As we learned yesterday, even the most fortunate people can end up sleeping on the streets.

[via ThinkProgress]

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And this person is responsible for making laws.

Wait, so in Hawaii if you think someone is a scumbag you are allowed to destroy their possessions with a sledgehammer? Where does Rep. Brower usually park, just out of curiosity?

andnowlights (#2,902)

Are you kidding me? This is just… I can’t. Homelessness is heartbreaking in every sense of the situation. This guy is unbelievable.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

I don’t see how rallying against a visual symptom of homelessness is going to help solve the problem of, you know, homelessness. I am, however, really into smashing things with hammers so that sounds fun. Tom Brower is a candidate that my 7 year old self could really get behind.

ATF (#4,229)

I saw this yesterday. There is no part of this that is okay. Nothing gives you the right to destroy the possessions of someone else. Ever. I believe we have laws against that even, because, you know, NOT HEATHENS.

The man is a small minded bully who is doing nothing to help solve the problem of homelessness.

pinches (#3,520)

This is horrible. How about trying to prevent homelessness through actually helpful ways…?!

eraserface (#1,628)

Classless indeed. Reminds of a situation at a place I used to work– close to a major DC landmark, and so a lot of homeless people would hang out there, and thus right near our publicly-oriented building. Director claimed the presence of the homeless was deterring people from entering, and so he had recommended turning the sprinklers on, on a regular schedule, so they’d find other places to hang out. It was maybe the most inhumane thing I’ve ever heard in a work setting.

No but seriously why hasn’t this guy been arrested?

WayDownSouth (#3,431)

The story itself is hidden behind a firewall, so I couldn’t read it. I find it difficult to believe that an elected official could be this foolish. Shirley there must be more to the story that what is presented in the excerpt.

honey cowl (#1,510)

This is abhorrent!

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