Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:37 PM
AnotherMcIntosh (11,064 posts)
Elderly 75-year Old Illinois Man Who Picked Dandelions for Food Gets $75 Ticket
A 75-year-old retiree who lives in the Chicago area with his wife on a $1,500-a-month Social Security payment was caught picking dandelions by a Cook County Forest Preserve cop. At one time, the Chicago area was covered with trees and bushes. Most are gone, but some land has been set aside for the preservation of what remains. The dandelion is a weed which is not a native one.
The Forest Preserve cop gave the retiree a $75 ticket, an increase in his blood pressure, and a story to tell his wife. His court date is set for July 9th. A forest preserve cop is a political appointee who got his position by knowing someone. He can wear a uniform like a real cop. And apparently throw his weight around while ignoring common sense.
There is nothing to indicate that the Social Security retiree was picking the dandelions for any purpose other than to help sustain his wife and himself. However,
On the plus side, the Forest Preserve cop didn't Taze him.
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Mon Jul 1, 2013, 07:41 PM
PDJane (9,790 posts)
1. You know, if you'd just give retirees enough to live on, this wouldn't happen.
A robust social safety net would help everyone. This is, frankly, a disgrace.