Thursday, January 18, 2007

NYC Shopkeeper Sues to Shoo Homeless

NEW YORK — An antiques dealer sued four homeless people, seeking to keep them away from his store on a posh shopping street because, he says, they alienate customers and block window displays.Store owner Karl Kemp also seeks $1 million from the four, named in the lawsuit as John Doe, Bob Doe, John Smith and Jane Doe.The suit, filed this week, says they can often be found sleeping on the sidewalk, drinking alcoholic beverages and "performing various bodily functions such as urinating and spitting" outside Karl Kemp & Associates on Manhattan's Madison Avenue. Kemp seeks to keep them 100 feet from the store.

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  1. Anonymous3:30 AM

    although the plight of the homeless is a grave one, it does not give them the right to disrupt another persons livelyhood, ie the shopkeeper. maybe shelly nortz could avoid the whole thing if she;d bring them to her house to spit and pee outside. B

  2. Anonymous7:11 PM

    The lawsuit is only to bring attention to the plight of the homeless. He doenst expect a penny..maybe a little free advertising....People should have shelter, food and medical care...but not lay in the street, making people afraid to enter businesses.

  3. maury7:16 PM

    I am an antique dealer in a nice area. It would be upsetting to see people sleepin in my front door and window area. It would keep people form coming in.....but I am not heartless. I understand the sadness of being homeless...becuase of economic reasons, or substance abuse, or mental illness. People are also afraid to stay in shelters. The problem is complex. Kemp knows he cant get a penny, but such a lawsuit will bring attention to their plight, as well as problems business do have. MOre money must be spent on shelters, soup kitches, homeless advocacy and social and medical care for these people.


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