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San Francisco Church Dumps Water on Homeless

San Fran Church Water Homeless

Water is scarce in California, but not scarce enough to stop Saint Mary’s Cathedral from dumping water on the homeless in order to keep them from sleeping on its property.

The increasingly urgent drought situation in California has resulted in new restrictions on sprinklers, outdoor water use, and even serving water in restaurants and bars. But the principle church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Saint Mary’s Cathedral, didn’t get the water scarcity memo.

Instead, the church installed a system that dumps water onto the ground near its sheltered doorways, where homeless people tend to rest at night. The water pours out for about 75 seconds, every 30 to 60 minutes throughout the night. But the water dumping system is not an automated baptism device, instead it’s used to discourage homeless people from hanging out buy the church by drenching them as they sleep. Jesus would totally approve.

“They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert.

But there are no signs warning the homeless about the random water dumpings that occur all through the night.

“We’re going to be wet there all night, so hypothermia, cold, all that other stuff could set in. Keeping the church clean, but it could make people sick,” Robert explained.

Cathedral staff confirmed that the system had been in place for about a year, “after learning from city resources” that similar deterrents were “commonly used in the Financial District” in San Francisco.

“We do the best we can, and supporting the dignity of each person,” Archdiocese spokesperson Chris Lyford said. “But there is only so much you can do.”

Aside from opening the doors and letting them inside the church…

Given the recent backlash (and the fact that it was pointed out that they’re in violation of the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection) the cathedral has already started to remove the system.

And Jesus said, “Love thy neighbor. Unless they are homeless and have no where else to go, then periodically drench them with water until they get lost.”

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Boeing 777 Crash

Current EVent Cat - Boeing 777

A Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco airport on Saturday after it tried to abort the landing seconds before touching down.

The Boeing 777was flying dangerously low and dangerously slow—lower and slower than it should have been at that point in the descent—just before it slammed into the tarmac and seemed to explode in a fireball, throwing passengers onto the runway. Two seconds before the plane slammed into the tarmac, the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 asked for a “go around” to try for another landing. Obviously it was a little late for that.

Pilot inexperience may have been a factor. The Korean airline revealed that the pilot in charge of landing the plane was “in training” and had only 43 flying hours in a Boeing 777. It was also his first time landing a Boeing 777 at the San Francisco airport.

Two were killed and 182 were hospitalized because of the crash. The two killed were 16-year-old Chinese girls who were among 32 students and a teacher traveling from Jiangshan Middle School in Zheijan province to Los Angeles for church camp. One of the girls was found on the runway after being thrown from the plane. She may or may not have been killed after being run over by emergency vehicles.

Many of the other passengers suffered injuries – some critical. But not David Eun – he still managed to find time to tweet pictures of the crash, writing, “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal.”

Twitter Pic SFO Crash

Via: BBC News

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