Bureaucrat scuffs dream of homeless shoeshiner

From The San Francisco Chronicle
Larry Moore will be okay as long as the government doesn't try to help him...

Larry Moore will be okay as long as the government doesn't try to help him...

He sleeps under a bridge, washes in a public bathroom and was panhandling for booze money 11 months ago, but now Larry Moore is the best-dressed shoeshine man in the city. When he gets up from his cardboard mattress, he puts on a coat and tie. It’s a reminder of how he has turned things around.

In fact, until last week it looked like Moore was going to have saved enough money to rent a room and get off the street for the first time in six years. But then, in a breathtakingly clueless move, an official for the Department of Public Works told Moore that he has to fork over the money he saved for his first month’s rent to purchase a $491 sidewalk vendor permit.

B.S.–Is there any reason in the world that a person would need a “permit” to shine shoes?  No, of course not, outside of politicians’ meddling in the private affairs of individuals in order to bilk honest people out of their hard-earned money.

“I had $573 ready to go,” Moore said, who needs $600 for the rent. “This tore that up. But I’ve been homeless for six years. Another six weeks isn’t going to kill me.”

The bureaucrat told Moore that she found out about his business after reading about his success in this paper.

Along Market Street, Moore’s supporters are indignant. Nothing happens when mentally ill men wander the street talking to themselves and drunkards pee in the alleys. Yet Moore creates a little business out of thin air, builds up a client base, and the city takes nearly every penny he’s earned.

Christine Falvey, spokeswoman for Public Works, said the department’s contact with Moore was meant to be “educational.”

This is all government bureaucrats see when they look at any business...

This is all that government bureaucrats see when they look at any business...and the only "education" they provide is how truly obnoxious our government has become...

“We certainly don’t want to hamper anyone’s ability to make a living,” Falvey said. “Our education efforts are actually meant to support that effort by making our streets an enjoyable place for people to visit.”

B.S.–Call it what it is “Madame Comrade”; these are not education efforts–these are Re-education efforts.  Since when do education efforts require a person to fork over nearly $500.00 for no good reason?  Just another government shakedown. And the last place any person needs to go for “education” is the government bureaucracy.

That is unlikely to mollify Moore’s clients.

“Nothing like kicking someone when they are down,” ranted attorney Loren Lopin, one of Moore’s clients who donated $100 to help him get housing. “I am pissed.”

Moore is nothing if not dutiful. He attempted to work his way through the byzantine city government channels, although he didn’t get much help.

“I guess my gripe is that when the city came by and told him to get his papers in order but couldn’t tell him how to do it,” said Travis See, who manages the Custom Shop Clothiers on the corner of Market and New Montgomery. “This lady couldn’t even tell him which building to go to so he could stand in line and waste all day.”  (Read more.)

B.S. Report–Gee, it’s hard to imagine why businesses are leaving California in droves.  Bureaucrats only care is to get their hands on as large a slice of the taxpayer pie as possible; a pie that has nothing whatsoever to do with their efforts.  And then we’re supposed to thank them for allowing us to keep any of the money.


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