He Was Eating Pizza. In The Wrong Place. And Got Arrested

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Eating pizza in some locations is now a crime in one American city.

An unidentified elderly man faces a $250 fine for eating in a San Francisco bus shelter earlier this month, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. If he had walked just a few feet outside of the shelter, it would have been permitted.

The man was homeless.

“This is a real waste of police services,” Kelley Cutler of the Coalition on Homelessness complained.

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Eating on mass transit is illegal in the city but the regulation is rarely enforced, Cutler said.

San Francisco’s transit agency, Muni, prohibits eating on buses, trains and trolleys and in stations, spokesman Paul Rose told The Chronicle. But Rose added, “food prohibition doesn’t necessarily extend to bus shelters.”

Eating in the shelter is what is called a quality of life enforcement, Carter said.

“The problem is, whose quality of life are you talking about?” Cutler asked. “The officer can say, ‘Move along, move along.’ The problem is, there’s nowhere to move along to.”

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