Saw one of the homeless men being interviewed on my way home last night. He was on the news later.
Much like Batkid, Hawaii has found its own superhero. Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets with a sledgehammer and looks for homeless people in order to literally smash their possessions.
Remarkably, this vigilante isn’t just some random Hawaiian, but five-term State Rep. Tom Brower (D).
Noting that he’s “disgusted” with homeless people, Brower told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about his own personal brand of “justice”: “If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets.” Brower has waged this campaign for two weeks, estimating that he’s smashed about 30 shopping carts in the process.
“I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets,” he explained to Hawaii News Now as he showed off his property destruction skills while sporting an Armani Exchange hat:
Uncontent to just destroy homeless people’s items, Brower is also on a mission to wake those he finds sleeping and tell them to sleep somewhere else. “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 said.
It’s no stretch to assume that if Brower were found roaming middle-class neighborhoods and smashing items in people’s homes, he would find himself both out of office and behind bars. But segments of society view homeless people as less important and undeserving of the dignity of having their possessions kept safe.
One homeless person in Honolulu, Edward Ferreira, witnessed Brower in action. “To see someone banging on stuff like that, it was very scary for me,” he told Hawaii News Now.
Without a home, homeless people often have nowhere to store their possessions. A shopping cart can be very useful in both its storage space and mobility. Some localities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and others have tried to address this problem by offering free storage space to homeless people.
Hawaii, on the other hand, is garnering a reputation for a less-than-compassionate approach to its homeless population, and it’s not just because of Brower. It’s got the highest rate of homelessness in the country, but rather than build more shelters or offer more services for the poor, lawmakers approved $100,000 over the next two years to offer one-way flights off the islands to any of the state’s estimated 17,000 homeless persons.
i hope some homeless dude stabs him in the cock
shaqitup -Ditto. Walking around with his tucked in shirt and lifting gloves acting all high and mighty like an uppity captain hurt a ho(meless)
i hope some homeless dude stabs him in the cock
He's a Democrat? WTF?
He should team up with Rob Ford. 2014 dream team baby.
Seems a little cruel imo.
"Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets with a sledgehammer and looks for homeless people in order to literally smash their possessions."
So stolen shopping carts are considered these bums' possessions? Hey, I stole it fair and square!
Good for this guy. Bums, you are not welcome here.
Handsome Jack - He should team up with Rob Ford. 2014 dream team baby.
Some bums are going to make him be a part of a "soup kitchen" in the not-so-distant future.
lets get dangerous - Have any of you guys against what he's doing ever walked through Waikiki or kakaako? Serious question. There are literal camps of homeless people set up around shipping carts on the side of the road. They smell like shit and shit on the side walk. I'm not saying bash their shit with a sledge hammer but fuck it's hard taking my kids to the beach for a birthday party our to surf town waves without the smell of homeless people who are 50 feet from the ocean yet never getting in to bathe or wash there shit fucking up my day.I live 5 minutes walking from waikiki beach. I think you're agreeing and disagreeing at the same time? Yes there is a problem. No sledge hammering is not the best solution. Agree?
Smoking meth brah
Maybe he should try doing his job and work on the poverty, mental health, and drug problem.
Could you imagine the press if this guy were a republican ?
The news story from last night if anyone's interested
cruedi - Could you imagine the press if this guy were a republican ?Can you imagine the hysterical non-stop shrieking from that pussy jettdogg if this was a republican?
Homeless hater from the anonymous confessions thread?
Foos - Maybe he should try doing his job and work on the poverty, mental health, and drug problem.
Thats not his job, his job is to represent the interests of his constituents, and I guarantee a lot of them want those bums chased out of their area - he represents the economic hub of the state
rufus -I give you credit for reaching across the aisle, rufus. I thought you were a Team Red dittohead, but I see you're willing to support a Democrat who deals with a social problem by attacking the victims in a cruel and non-productive way.cruedi - Could you imagine the press if this guy were a republican ?Can you imagine the hysterical non-stop shrieking from that pussy jettdogg if this was a republican?
what a fucking nut.