This afternoon, I was inside the downtown Olympia bus shelter when I was approached by a security guy who asked which bus I was waiting for. I told him, and then a fellow traveler asked the security guy why he wanted to know that information.
The response was that people were “hanging out for an hour or an hour and a half” when they were not waiting for a bus. “We’ve been asked to move them along,” the security guy said. “We can’t have them hanging out here when they are not waiting for a bus. I know its cold, but we can’t have them in here.”
I didn’t question this, because I know he is the messenger, not the person who has made the decision to ask people to move along. I am wondering who did, if this decision was reached by the IT board in a public meeting, and what the actual harm is in allowing people to stay warm on a cold, raw, foggy day.
This is just one more assault on people who have nowhere to go during the day. Some of them have children, babies even, in strollers.
When are we going to stop kicking people to the streets, just before we kick them off the streets?