Hawaii has a higher rate of homelessness per capita than any other state in the country (not including D.C.), and last month, one state legislator decided to do something about it by
proposing programs to find homeless people jobs and shelter smashing unclaimed shopping carts with a sledgehammer to prevent homeless people from using them to carry their few meager possessions. "I was thinking as a public servant, 'What can I do that would be practical and I can literally do overnight?'" Democrat Tom Brower said recently, explaining his foolproof plan to solve homelessness, or at least make the lives of homeless people a bit more difficult.
Brower had disabled about 30 shopping carts when the outcry began. Now, to appease the crybabies, Brower has grudgingly agreed to stop. "I guess I shouldn't use the sledgehammer because it's a really loaded image," he tells a local news outlet.
But just because Brower is hanging up his sledgehammer, it doesn't mean he has given up on finding constructive ways to fight homelessness in his district:
Brower has also taken to waking up homeless people he finds sleeping on public property.
"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-Adviser.
A few more months of this and Brower will have homelessness licked for good.