This week, a video went viral of a man being detained by police on a public transportation platform in San Francisco, Calif., for eating a sandwich. You can see the police officer in the video below insisting that eating is a violation of the California penal code.
They have Sanctuary Cities for Criminal Illegals but you can get arrested for eating a Sandwich in California. pic.twitter.com/EL4XRUKi50
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@Feisty_FL) November 10, 2019
It turns out that while he might be slightly off base, it’s mostly true. The California penal code lists eating on public transport property as a “miscellaneous crime” in section 635-652.
(2) This section shall apply only to acts committed on or in a facility or vehicle of a public transportation system.
(b) (1) Eating or drinking in or on a system facility or vehicle in areas where those activities are prohibited by that system.
According to the code, the man eating is breaking the law because he is at a facility owned by the public transportation system and he is not in the designated eating area. However, this law is rarely enforced. In the same code, a few lines down is this gem:
(3) Urinating or defecating in a system facility or vehicle, except in a lavatory. However, this paragraph shall not apply to a person who cannot comply with this paragraph as a result of a disability, age, or a medical condition.
To recap, it is illegal to eat a sandwich on your commute, and punishable by a $400 fine, but perfectly fine to defecate on a train in public if you just can’t help yourself. This explains the entire California system of government. Imagine lawmakers sitting around a table debating where people can eat and slapping a $400 fine on anyone who eats in the wrong areas but applying no punishments at all to crapping in public and spreading disease. Remember also that heroin addiction is mostly considered a medical condition in California, if not a disability. Look for that to be carved into stone soon.
LAWRENCE PERSON: Austin Half-Asses Its Homeless Problem. “So transients camping on business sidewalks are right out, but open public spaces next to ordinary citizens are evidently A-OK to camp and shoot-up on.”
Still, better than San Francisco where they’re fully-assing the problem.
WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: San Francisco’s New DA: Public Urination ‘Will Not Be Prosecuted.’
(Classical reference in headline.)