loitering is basically the illegal act of existing while not spending money
isn’t capitalism fun
That is an ABSURD oversimplification. You’re not going to get arrested for standing in a park or anything. The laws regarding loitering are designed to prevent suspicious activity in public/privately owned places, not to stop people from existing without spending money?????
okay but people…do. get arrested for standing in a park. every day. every day that shit happens, especially to homeless people and POC, particularly black POC, and people with visible disabilities physical or mental. “Suspicious activity” means you look suspicious to mid to upper class white people for the most part. So basically don’t be poor and/or a person of color, especially black. And if people listened to POC and homeless people they’d know that.
and it’s not meant to “stop people from existing without spending money” it’s meant to punish people for existing without spending money. Move people who don’t spend money to areas where mid to upper class white people don’t have to see them and feel uncomfortable with their presence.
(also, this was meant to be somewhat of an oversimplification? Like, it was basically meant to get at the core of what loitering laws actually do? People keep reblogging with the supposed legal definitions and saying this is an oversimplification and I? I can’t.)