Too bad they don't go after the McCrackalot Crew in Hampton Park at night time as vigorously as they pursue the street peddlers and street musicians on Market. Priorities, priorities.....
Well at least Obama shook hands with Castro. Castro, even though he tortured and kill thousands in Cuba after his take over, is still a fellow socialist (a.k.a. Communist, but then a rose by any other names is just as thorny), and is also the head of a failed regime. Politics will always make strange bedfellows and I bet Obama would do anything about now to take the spotlight off of the Obamacare fiasco, which by the way, is probably never going to go away, no matter how much rhetoric and legistlative saber rattling occurs, until the entire political culture that allowed it to happen to start with, goes away too. I've been approached by the kids with the roses in the market area and they tell a not too convincing lie about raising money for their schools on James or Johns Island, but I did not find them to be all that pushy and it is somehow odd that the bastion of liberalism (Rileyburg) resorts to such draconian measures where free enterprise is concerned. I'm just saying.
The other day I was walking on the market. It was an awful day and my father and grandmother both died a couple years ago both on holidays. One of these children asked me to buy a rose to raise money for his basketball team. I didn't have any money so he have me a rose anyway. I miss the old charleston market where busking as a musician wasn't a civic offense and neither was spreading good cheer. My thanks to the boy who brought me such comfort with a simple rose Charleston's reputation is based on the virtue of hospitality isn't it???
If you have been downtown enough, you would realize these kids are sent out and "managed" by an adult to do this. At times they do harass people for money, and I think one could pretty easily draw the conclusion that they are being harassed to collect more money. It isn't harmless to the children, "Gofigure."
Only in Charleston! Of all the destructive things he COULD be doing...he chose what he believed to be harmless. Lol @ stealing from private property....I missed that piece of information in this article. Must have deleted itself as I was reading. He needed a PWB permit as well! Racist city in the south, that everyone must tour. FYI. Allllll of that land downtown Charleston was stolen! Make that make sense!
I once saw a girl around the age of 8 crying on King and stopped to ask her where her mother was, if she was lost. Some boys, one about the same age as her and one around 12 or so (selling the palmetto flowers) approached and said she was with them. I asked her if she was okay and she nodded. I saw them about 20 minutes later in a storefront exchanging and counting money. These kids parents are the ones who need to be punished for sending their young kids out alone (or being vaguely observed by another young minor) to peddle. I feel awful for them with the holes in their shoes and unwashed clothes, but I feel like it's part of the ploy. It's child abuse in my eyes, Javet, not entrepreneurship. These kids don't get to *be* kids.
It sounds like the police officer was too harsh with this young man. He could've explained the necessity of a permit and sent him home instead of acting publicly in a way that criminalizes these kids.
How about the kids go to the library, parks, extracurricular activities at school? Also, how about the folks who follow the rules and pay out of pocket for a licence? The card is follow the law established by the city.
man you cant get a break, he told the guy to stop selling, what next? I never understood what those kids and young men go through until i witness it myself. i have never had a bad experience with those kids downtown and i have never bought a rose, let them be entrepreneurs. If not you would be complaining that they just hang in the street, their would be a problem with looking at them lay about all day. Pick a damn card.
That's right because in today's society wanting to keep and pass on to your family what you have worked hard for and earned is just plain being greedy but wanting to take something that you haven't earned or get more than what you agreed to for a commitment you made is not.
If you don't like what you get paid at a fast food joint go swing a hammer or did a ditch or rake a yard and make more, possibly even more than $15 an hour if you hustle.
These kids are a nuisance, especially on King Street this time of year. They jump in front of you, yell and then swear at you ( some even threaten you) if you walk by and don't by their roses. I've seen them follow a woman with two young daughters for a block yelling at her. And FOB is right, they jump fences and climb trees on private property to get their palmetto.
"like giving tickets for improper lane change or a headlight being out"
Shit like this presents a greater danger to the public than non-violent drug offenses. All of the resources used for that should be applied to the people in this area who can't properly drive. They'd probably make more money that way with less need for outside funding, considering how many assholes are on the road around here.
Aren't there enough cops in this city? So, Charleston is funding more cops.. Which will screw more people over (like giving tickets for improper lane change or a headlight being out)... Which will lead to more money...more cops... More money.. When does it end? The jails are already over-crowded. The economy has made it hard for the normal person to pay bills yet fines or tickets. Why doesn't Charleston fund more after school programs or addiction centers? Oh.. Because they need the bad guys to bring in money to aid to the cycle. So who's the bad guys again?
Wow, what a concept. If I own something I am a hoarder. Why don't we just do away with choices and free will. As long as you want what someone else has you will always want what someone else has.
Most of these 'vendors' get the palmettos by cutting out the tops of other people's trees on their way downtown...aka STEALING and DAMAGE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY. I have caught a few, and not just kids. I think the officer did his job and did it well, most wouldn't bother. Had the kid acted with respect it could have had a better outcome for him. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way.
Great how "libertarians" always know when to come down on the side of law and order.
Sounds like it was handled properly by the policeman. Did the juvenile in fact have a valid permit at home?
"I'll smoke wherever I want to".
Alright, I'm tired of beating around the bush. Here's how it is:
1. When people spend money for things, the people who own the means of production and the sales of those things make money.
2. When those people make money, they do two things:
a: they buy things and put the money into savings
b: they take that money and pay the people who produce and sell those things for them a wage.
3. These people who get the wage then go out and buy something else, from somebody else. Then the system repeats itself over and over and over.
Pretty simple, right? Alright, now let's get a little more complicated.
1. Often the people who own the means of production and sales hoard the majority of the money themselves
2. As a result, the balance of the system is disrupted. Their employees have less spending money.
3. The majority of people have less money, so there is less money to spend.
4. People buy less.
5. People sell less.
6. People make less.
7. The economy suffers.
8. People suffer.
Maybe better than raising the minimum wage, maybe we should make a rule that anyone who does business in the US must pay their lowliest worker no more than 40 times less than the CEO.
As far as I see it, problem solved. The US is the biggest (or the second-biggest) consumer in the world. Without our business, the world economy can't function properly.
What does this have to do with raising the minimum wage? As far as I see it, absolutely everything.
your 'lower middle class' mindset could never grasp all of the tangibles that go along with growing up poor.
everyone knows 15$ will never happen, but you gotta start out high
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