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Antique Dealer Suing Homeless for $1 Million

By geozone     Jan 17, 2007 in Lifestyle
Fed up with vagrants setting up residence in front of his Madison Avenue store, an antique dealer has filed a lawsuit against individuals named as “John Smith,” “John Doe,” “Bob Doe,” and “Jane Doe” in court documents.
Karl Kemp's neighbors in the exclusive shopping district of the Upper East Side include such names as Channel, Gucci and Prada. But for more than two years, vagabonds have used the sidewalk in front of his store for everything from a spittoon and urinal to a change room.
Kemp has complained the vagrants are scaring off his clientele by their presence and actions. They have verbally harassed and intimidated potential customers. Kemp also had problems with the lack of fashionable clothing ("old, worn and unsanitary") worn by the homeless.
An executive with the Coalition for the Homeless said this is the first time in her 25 years on the job that anyone has sued a homeless person.
“There are scores of organizations outside of the city government who lend assistance to people living in the streets. That’s why I think it’s preposterous. This defies logic to me.”
I do think it is ridiculous to sue the homeless. The antique dealer said he is only trying to bring attention to his plight as he has tried other methods which failed to get results. I think this is only making him look as ridiculous as his lawsuit.
He says he has tried everything but I don't think he has tried actually talking to these homeless people to see if they cannot resolve this another way. If not, then he can certainly move to another location.
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