Being able to find a place to camp around Eugene without being ticketed is impossible. Me and my husband found a place and haven’t been bothered yet. Its not as bad as it seems. We have been at our spot for about 2 weeks. I believe it is to live or to be hunted give or take it how you want it. Working for the Vagabond has made it easier for me to eat, sleep and work by knowing that when I wake up I have something to me me out of trouble by working for the Vagabond. I leave my camp at 11:00 in the morning and sell papers till 6:00 and design t-shirts for the basketball jerseys, which will be for sell at our booth throughout the week.
I heard this morning from a fellow homeless person that in the parks and open spaces, people are out hunting for homeless people camping. I’m sorry, illegal campers. I see everyday the bicycle cops handing out tickets to homeless people. Some of the tickets, like drinking in the park, are definitely worth writing. I mean, as far as having a balanced out society, sober vs. drunk. But to see these cops writing out trespassing tickets for people sitting on a concrete curb between dinner and the liquor store? Come on people. Is it really necessary? To watch 5 bicycle cops and the paddy wagon pull into the park that sits right across from the court house and tell the homeless kids that they can either leave now or go to jail. Not only is that blatantly outright bullying, but is is unconstitutional. To harass people with backpacks is unconstitutional.