More Homeless Dumping News

I don’t know which is the more interesting part of this story, that there is a new bill that would make homeless dumping illegal, or that it was legal in the first place.

“The move comes amid accusations that hospitals have transported discharged patients to downtown LA’s Skid Row. Most recently, a paraplegic man wearing a torn colostomy bag was allegedly left in a gutter.

The new state legislation would make it a misdemeanor for any hospital facility or worker to transport patients anywhere other than their residences without their informed consent.

Offenders would face jail time or fines of up to $10,000.

Authorities say they are investigating 55 cases of suspected dumping on Skid Row.”

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5 Replies to “More Homeless Dumping News”

  1. It wasn’t necessarily “legal” in the first place – just not explicitly illegal in the code. Lots of stuff falls into that category.

    Like, for instance, driving while cell phoning. Prior to the hands-free law, it was still illegal to drive recklessly or negligently, thought it wasn’t specifically prohibited to talk and drive. That doesn’t mean it was specifically legal.

  2. I used to work on an ambulance. One time we were to drop a patient off at an address in downtown LA. When we got there he said “I don’t live there, I’m homeless.” We asked him what he wanted us to do and he told us to drop him by the CVS so he could fill his prescription then he’d be on his way.
    It felt very awkward just dropping someone off on the street, but what the hell else is there to do??? They’re HOMELESS! They live on the street. Where else would they be released than on the street?? THAT’S what I can’t figure out about this bill.
    If you want to make it illegal to dump homeless people on the street, put something in the bill that gives them a home to be dropped off at.

  3. Dave,

    Thanks for voicing, from first hand experience, this situation facing many American’s on a daily basis. I have no clue where to take someone, that has no home to return to, after being cured or having their insurance or state paid care reach its limit.

    I work near the produce markets in downtown, and see homeless people everyday of the week. Unfortunately, it’s become the norm not the exception seeing people scavenging to survive on the streets of Los Angeles.

    You have brought up a very good point in this matter, they’re homeless!

  4. Where are they supposed to drop them off? If they have no home, are the hospitals supposed to give them room and board indefinately?

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