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Old 01-18-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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NYC antiques dealer sues 4 homeless people

I honestly don't know what to say about this!

Owner of posh Madison Avenue shop says they alienate customers

NEW YORK - An antiques dealer sued four homeless people, seeking to keep them away from his store on a fashionable 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.

Kemp said he decided to sue after complaints to police brought no changes. He also said he was concerned about the health of one of the three men.

“You and I pay taxes in New York City, and some of that is to maintain decent shelters. And he should take advantage of that,” Kemp said.

Advocates for the homeless called the lawsuit hardhearted.

“Until we see to it that every single homeless individual has a place to stay, this is our reality,” said Shelly Nortz, a deputy executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless.

“The complaint that they somehow occasionally occupy a space that is also home to Gucci and Chanel doesn’t mean that they’re breaking any law,” she said.

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Don't areas like this already have laws about loitering? If so, why the lawsuit? Maybe he could offer them some jobs....

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What a jackass...
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What a ridiculous lawsuit.

He is suing homeless people for $1 million?
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:28 PM   #5
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That's just not right.
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This is horrible. What a pompous ass. Heaven forbid that his customers have to step over THOSE people.

I do understand that one man in particular, who calls himself The Preacher, tends to rant and curse outside the store. But to sue people who have no money and are in obvious need of help and kindness is just so wrong.
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What a fuckin' idiot. He's going to waste his time & money log jamming the judicial system with a frivilous lawsuit for what? To make a point? Well, he already has - and it's that he's a complete ass.
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where's he going to get the $1 million? What a stupid wank. If the store is sooooo rich and exclusive, why don't they give a donation to a homeless shelter to open up more beds and take the homeless people there themselves? Why not HELP rather then hinder. Fucker.
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That's cold, wow.
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I read about that a couple of days ago, how disgusting. Yes they should make a donation to a homeless program and actually try to do something positive.

Yeah I'm sure he pays his fair share in taxes
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it's the culture of america... if you feel someone has wronged you in anyway, you sue them.

not that it makes it any better, but i would imagine the guy did this because the police were not doing anything and he wanted to bring publicity to it to attempt to get something done and never expects to get any money from it.

cold yes... but hopefully it is his intent just to try to force some action by taking a drastic, over-blown action of his own and he doesn't plan on seeing it through... and at the end of it all he makes a donation to a homeless shelter (if he hasn't already)
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I guess Mr.Kemp does not know they do not allow drinking in shelters. ahem.
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Owner of posh Madison Avenue shop says they alienate customers

NEW YORK - An antiques dealer sued four homeless people, seeking to keep them away from his store on a fashionable shopping street because, he says, they alienate customers and block window displays.

Store owner Karl Kemp also seeks $1 million from the four.
I am sure he expects to collect

from all the potential new customers

that would have never have heard of his shop before.

pretty good ad campaign, for the cost of filing one lawsuit

and believe me, there are a lot of New Yorkers that are not too fond of the homeless
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Wow thats really shitty for someone to do

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