State Rep. Uses Sledgehammer To Destroy Homeless People‚Äôs Possessions
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‚Äôt just some random Hawaiian, but five-term State Rep. Tom Brower (D).
Noting that he‚Äôs ‚Äúdisgusted‚ÄĚ with homeless people, Brower told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about his own personal brand of ‚Äújustice‚ÄĚ: ‚ÄúIf I see shopping carts that I can‚Äôt identify, I will destroy them so they can‚Äôt be pushed on the streets.‚ÄĚ Brower has waged this campaign for two weeks, estimating that he‚Äôs smashed about 30 shopping carts in the process.
‚ÄúI want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets,‚ÄĚ he explained to Hawaii News Now as he showed off his property destruction skills:
Uncontent to just destroy homeless people‚Äôs items, Brower is also on a mission to wake those he finds sleeping and tell them to sleep somewhere else. ‚ÄúIf someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don‚Äôt do anything, but if they are sleeping during the day, I‚Äôll walk up and say, ‚ÄėGet your ass moving,‚Äô‚ÄĚ he said.
It‚Äôs no stretch to assume that if Brower were found roaming middle-class neighborhoods and smashing items in people‚Äôs 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. ‚ÄúTo see someone banging on stuff like that, it was very scary for me,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs not just because of Brower. It‚Äôs 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‚Äôs estimated 17,000 homeless persons.