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#11 12 years ago

masked_marsoe;4283281How does it compare with freedom of assembly?

It seems insane that the government would mandate a law against being in a public place (loitering within tent). And it is insane!

The only use of such laws today is to allow the police to investigate what appears to be suspicious activity. No loitering laws in the U.S. today simply mandate that you can't stand around for awhile. They all explicitly state, as far as I am aware, that the police can only ask you to disband if you appear to be committing a crime such as preventing others access to the same space for gang territory reasons, or if you appear to be pushing drugs for instance.

Not the most intelligent laws in the world, but they aren't that bad compared to other laws around the country.




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#12 12 years ago
masked_marsoe;4283281How does it compare with freedom of assembly?

The same way most prison sentences compare with life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ;)




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#13 12 years ago

lol I nevar loiter I play xbox 360 all day




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#14 12 years ago

well supposedly loitering can hurt the surounding businesses. if an old lady wants to go to the quickie mart for some milk, but sees a gathering of kids outside, she might think twice about going there to buy her milk, and thus the store just lost money.

here in town, there is a strip mall, with a large parking lot in the center, on weekend nights, LOTS and LOTS of high school and college kids hang out in the parking lot, like up to 100 or more kids hanging out in the backs of pickup trucks and on top of cars. the police come and make them leave, then they go to another parking lot, were 20 minutes later, the police arrive and make them leave. This goes on up into the morning hours, i know because i have been apart of the groups a few times.




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#15 12 years ago
Member 138995It’s against the law because you’re not being productive. You’re not making someone else money. So don't just sit their loitering around your PC, get up, and go to work.

Ah the Weberian Protestant Work Ethic.




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#16 12 years ago

Loitering laws in most major US cities today, apply mainly to prostitution and vagrancy. But they can sometimes be enforced in situation such as what Member 134098 was talking about.




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#17 12 years ago

Still there are many crazy laws. Google "In San Francisco, it’s a crime to clean your car with used underwear"




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#18 12 years ago

laws like that are almost never enforced, most of them written over 100 years ago and just never removed




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