|An anti-social act? Giving food to a |
homeless old man in Bogotá.
(Photo: El Banquete del Bronx)
Food donations to the homeless must meet high hygenic standards - or the hungry don't eat!
According to one police official, the new Police Code sanctions the distribution of food that doesn't have a sanitary registration - whatever that is. Perhaps a five-star restaurant, or at least a Juan Valdez, for the homeless?
The police also claim that distributing food to the homeless can cause fights and even homicides. A strange idea, which only makes one wonder what will happen if these people DON'T get food: Will they simply starve to death silently?
Anyway, what sort of hygenic standards do the homeless people's meals comply with when they DON'T receive handouts from churches and other groups? Take a look:
|A homeless man searches thru trash for things to eat or sell.|
|Does the food he'll find here have a sanitation registry?|
|Damnit! This pizza I found is past its sell-by date.|
This is yet another example of government officials' urge to control everything they can, and their lack of empathy for those actually living in the real world.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours