Homelessness

HOMELESS BENCHED: La Jolla sidewalk seating pulled from Prospect to curb offensive behavior

HOMELESS BENCHED: La Jolla sidewalk seating pulled from Prospect to curb offensive behavior

Two benches have been removed from Prospect Street downtown by the manager of a store fed up with homeless people offending passersby on the sidewalk.

According to the manager — who declined to be identified, photographed or directly quoted for this story for fear of reprisal — the move was a last-resort response to two specific homeless people who have used the benches to aggressively panhandle, to yell at uncomfortable volumes and, once in recent memory, to defecate.

The Light was shown the backless wooden benches but asked not to photograph them. They are dismantled and in storage at the rear of the property. The manager claimed they are the property of the owner...

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