Hawaii lawmaker pounded for taking sledgehammer to homelessness
A Hawaii lawmaker whose solution to dealing with the state’s homeless problem was to take a sledgehammer to shopping carts says he’s putting aside the hammer – for now. State Rep. Tom Brower, a five-term Democrat who represents Waikiki and Ala Moana, had been going block by block during his spare time in search of stray shopping carts used by the state’s estimated 17,000 homeless people, smashing them to pieces. The tool-toting legislator, who says he’s “disgusted” with people who live on the street, reportedly smashed 30 carts in the past two weeks.
But after the lawmaker began receiving complaints about the practice, he agreed to hold off on the hammering, Hawaii News Nowhttp://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png reports.
Brower, who did not respond to several messages from FoxNews.com seeking comment early Wednesday, insists he doesn’t want to threaten anyone, however.
"I think it’s threatening to steal things and then walk around with them like it’s their own,” he told UPI.
The longtime lawmaker said he also has been known to awaken homeless people he catches sleeping during daytime hours.
”If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything,” Brower told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “But if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your a-- moving.’”