If it pleases the crown might I eat a slice of pepperoni & cheese at his majesty’s bus stop? That was likely the plea of an elderly homeless man in San Francisco who was recently cited for eating a slice of pizza at one of the cities bus stops.
Why you ask? Apparently, it’s California law. Section 640(b)(2) prohibits “eating or drinking in or on a system facility or vehicle in areas where those activities are prohibited by that system.” This egregious crime is punishable by a fine of up to $250, along with presumably, the destruction of an otherwise perfectly good slice of pizza.
The event came to light when the accused visited the cities Coalition on Homelessness offices to request assistance in fighting the infraction. Kelly Cutler, a human rights activist for the Coalition spoke with the man and tweeted a copy of the ticket (which you can see below).
— Kelley Cutler (@NutCheese) March 31, 2017
The SF GATE spoke with Cutler, who said each ticket defense takes approximately 20 hours of time. Which means, 20 hours of time they are unable to spend actually helping the homeless with real problems, like you know, making sure they have food – god forbid it’s pizza.
The SF Examiner reports that there had been an increased police presence in the area prior to the incident due to a recent stabbing, though there is absolutely no evidence that the alleged pizza eater was in any way connected to that stabbing.
One thing is clear, the police state is alive and well.