Several members of the El Cajon community in California face misdemeanor charges after they attempted to give food to homeless people in a city park on Sunday.
Via NBC San Diego:
Volunteers and groups showed up to Wells Park to hand out food, clothes, shoes and toiletries.
El Cajon police wrote up citations to each person handing out food, including 14-year-old Ever Parmley. “I was passing out food and this guy was like can you step aside please," she told NBC 7.
The nine residents were charged for violating a municipal code banning food sharing in public places, which includes the city park. The rule came about due to a Hepatitis A outbreak in the area.
Councilmember Ben Kalasho tells NBC 7,“what we're saying is feeding them at city parks is a bad idea given the situation that we're in with the hepatitis A outbreak and the fact that it makes the place completely messy afterward.”
Kalasho continued, “you can go out there, pick them up, take them back to your house and feed them and board them and room them and have them take a shower if you're really wanting to help."