Denver businessman Jon Caldara is fed up with homeless people defecating outside his store.
On Monday, Caldara — CEO of the Independence Institute, a city-based libertarian think tank — brought human feces he cleaned outside his business to City Hall and sent a serious message to Denver Mayor Mike Johnston (D).
While the news camera was rolling, Caldera threw the poop onto the government building steps.
“Here is — oh my God — human feces that I removed,” Caldara told KCNC-TV while holding a box of the excrement. “This is a gift from the homeless to the people who have kept this homeless problem going.
“We have to clean up vomit, urine, syringes, used condoms and feces. We didn’t cause Denver’s homeless problem, but we have to clean up after it,” he said. “This is not an affordable housing crisis. This is a drug crisis, this is a mental health crisis and this is a legal crisis. That these people who need help will never get help unless they are sent to prison where they are.” They are forced to get help.
Caldara said security cameras monitoring his business capture homeless people using his property as a public restroom several times a week.
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When Johnston took office in July, he immediately declared a state of emergency over the homeless problem has grown to over 9,000 people. Johnston has pledged to find housing for 1,000 of these people by the end of the year.
Caldara KDVR-TV said this He has spoken to the mayor but said he still wants the city to do more.
“Yes, I spoke to the mayor. He’s a great guy; I wish him all the best,” Caldara said. “And I understand that he’s trying out new housing technology first, but I also want him to enforce the laws.”
Johnston’s office told KDVR in response to the feces dumping scene in Caldara that city officials are placing toilets and trash cans near homeless encampments to curb the problem highlighted by Caldara.
Meanwhile, Caldara offered some advice for other Denver business owners who are tired of cleaning up after the homeless.
“Next time you clean it up, drop it off here. Drop it off at City Hall to show civil disobedience and demand they deal with the issue,” he said.
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